This one is coming a little late, but at least it is coming! We are actually in Squamish, B.C but I’ll write about that in a bit. This will be short, I just have some pictures and a few words. Nothing that special. I suppose that this blog serves a few purposes. It’s for you guys, my friends and family, that have some interest in what I am doing, or at least checking it to make sure I am still writing and haven’t fallen off a cliff or been eaten by a bear! Heh. But it also is a way for me to preserve everything we have done, so someday we can look back and have a record of our “grand adventure”, because who knows, we may never get to do anything like this again. So there.
Anyways, Yellowstone was pretty sweet. I was actually pleasantly surprised. For some reason I have had it in my head since I was a kid that Yellowstone is the “boring” National Park. Don’t ask me why, I really didn’t have any justification (but then again most 8 year olds dont have much justification for the things they do, say, or think). But I thought it was going to be big and flat, lots of plains, no trees, ugly and underwhelming. Silly, I know, but there your have it. Well, it isn’t any of those things. It is like an extension of the RMNP. I think the further north you go in the Rockies, the better it gets. Canada is definitely awesome, but I’ll get to that later. Yellowstone is huge. There are trees and mountains, streams and waterfalls, geysers and hotsprings. Moose and buffalo and bears, oh my! (We didn’t see any lions or tigers, unfortunately.) It is a true wilderness, at least once you leave the hordes of traffic and people that congest the main roads. Since it really isn’t ugly (Yes, I was wrong, I can admit that every once in a while) and is really quite beautiful, and other people haven’t mistakenly blacklisted it, it is a really popular park. Probably one of the most popular I have been to besides RMNP.
I always have this internal struggle when going to parks. I love visiting, but I hate how crowded they are. And yet, I am a part of that problem. I like to think myself above, as most people probably do, thinking that the problem is magically occuring around them and they are just witnessing it and not actually affecting it at all. Such hubris. It is so hard, because I love being in these natural spaces, and yet we cause so many problems by being there. An average of 14 bears are killed a year in the Tetons. You want to know why? Because of people. Stupid, selfish, moronic people. Yes, it sounds mean, but its true. Bears are opportunistic creatures. If people leave out food bears will, of course, try to get it. And who could blame them?! Human food is so horrible for you! A.k.a so delicious! So yes, the bears will eat it and they become aggressive because they want more of the addictive toxic crap that we call food. And when they try to get more they are killed to keep them from hurting the very people that made them aggressive, all because we want to visit the bear’s natural habitat, and end up littering the place with food and causing the death of the animals that have no choice but to live there and scavenge for what they can.
I don’t mean to rant (well maybe I do but who cares) but this is such a major problem! I can’t tell you how horrible it is to see how much litter and used toilet paper and animal feeding and car polutants that ends up in these parks because we like to “look”. Why can’t we just say, “Hey look, here are these beautiful natural spaces. Maybe we can preserve them so that something other than human being can live on this planet without being totally engulfed anthropogenic things!!” WHYY!!! Ugh, it is so frustrating. And yet who am I to say anything, as someone who is driving to Natural Parks. Who uses gas to get there and walks around in them and comes across the natural wildlife. Yes, I may be a bit ahead of the curve in that I make a conscious effort to never leave food behind, not litter, not poop and leave toilet paper everywhere. But there shouldn’t even be a curve! People should know not to do these things. Period. If you can’t do it don’t come to a park and risk the lives of the animals who live there. They really have no choice. That is their home. We need to stop trashing it because while we can just pack up our fancy RVs and Sprinter vans and move onto the next park to decimate, the animals are left with the wreckage. With cubs and fawns to feed, picking through trash and human feces, getting hit by cars and endangered by tourists who want to get the closeup of that Moose. These animals need us to be more respectful of their home, and we should want to be because ultimately, this is our home too. If we don’t make an effort to stop plundering it and making it a toxic waste site with all of the polutants and trash that we dump, no creature will have a good home to live. We need to wake up.
That’s all I have for today, folks. Maybe we can all just take a minute to think about the impact we have and try to reduce it. Even just one small thing. Whether it is bringing a mug to get coffee or recycling more or just planting a tree, we need to start making a difference, and change does happen on our level. Small changes do add up and then hopefully big changes will follow.