This week is National Park Week, a good time to celebrate “America’s best idea” and reflect on what the protection of these public lands means for us. One of my favorite things about our parks is that they protect some of the last remaining spots in the country where you can truly experience dark skies. Modern technology can make us lose perspective in all sorts of ways, and we’re quickly losing the physical ability to look to the heavens above for a sense of place in our universe. Eighty percent of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way, and in many cities you can barely see the stars at all. What would a world be like if there was no place to go to see the stars? I don’t want to find out, and that’s why I find it so important to support our National Parks.
Glacier National Park, Montana | July 2016