I am neither guru or expert, I prefer to think of myself as an “encouraging advocate” for planet earth. Getting people excited about reconnecting with Nature via my blog Hike Our Planet (HikeOurPlanet.com) is my goal. Once we see and feel our connection with the natural world it is inevitable we will want to protect our fragile environment. Who can forget how Jacques Cousteau’s “The Cousteau Odyssey” changed how we view our oceans and the creatures that call it home. It was a gentle persuasion encouraging us to Love a rarely seen marine environment by taking us on their adventures. I would Love to in some small way bring awareness and caring for Nature and it’s fragile environment via my hiking and photography.
Growing up in Oregon Green Living was part of everyday life, and 53 years on it is as Natural as breathing. This is not to say I have not gotten off course from time to time, I am human after all. Caring for the environment has always been a major part of my life. I can remember as a child recycling, composting and working in the garden. My Father was in touch with Nature and taught me early on to work with it not against it’s organic flow. He would always say “leave the weeds in the vegetable garden as the insects prefer eating them”. He never used pesticides and we always used natural sprays of garlic and cayenne pepper as an insect deterrent.
I often feel as if the Green movement is catching up with what I was taught as a child. For me Green means adopting old ideas and adding new ideas in an effort to act responsibly while recognizing we live in the electronic age. I was proud to be a Greenie Tree Hugger even when it was considered a fringe idea.
When I moved to Arkansas to be with my beloved husband (then fiance’) OffBeat Cartoonist Rick London introduced me to the mountains of Hot Springs National Park. He had often expounded on the beauty of the Forests in and around his home of Hot Springs. Who could resist his tales of adventures with loving companion Thor (a bearded collie mix). When I arrived and first looked up at Hot Springs Mountain it seemed impossible I would be hiking up down and around the various mountains and trails within the park. I told my husband it would be many months before I would attempt hiking in his beloved mountains. A few weeks later I headed up on a whim with my camera .
Excerpt from first blog post: My Love Affair with Hot Springs National Park
“As someone who was a just a basic flat sidewalk walker I never imagined I would be hiking 4 miles most everyday on the many park trails. Hot Springs National Park has carved my mind, spirit and body into a nature loving “Mountain Woman”. I hope you will enjoy my trail information, photos and adventures as I explore the beauty of Hot Springs National Park, the Gulpha Gorge and the Ouachita Mountains.
It is with great Love that I dedicate my entire blog and all future entries to my Love/Fiance’ Rick who has never once complained about my love affair with Hot Springs National Park.”
Where does a couple who Love the Ouachita Mountains get married? On June 18th 2010 we were married in the 1914 hikers rest hut (Our Wedding Chapel) located on the Honeysuckle Trail in Hot Springs National Park.
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My first steps on the trails of Hot Springs National Park were inspired by my eloquent beloved husband Rick and for that I am forever grateful.
Have a Glorious Adventure Today filled with Love Joy and Peace.
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