Earth Day Should Be Everyday

Growing up with two Environmental Biologists has definitely had an impact on how I look at Earth Day when it comes around every year. I am glad it is a day where we can spread awareness, but I truly believe we should not just be celebrating it once a year. It should be everyday. Treating the environment with great care is a major key not only for us, but for future generations. Either way I could not spend time in doors on a computer, going to a party, or on my phone, so yesterday with a group of great friends, Savannah, Hannah, and Kergis we all set out towards Crater Lake.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Kergis, Patrick Gaines

Photo Credit: Hannah Neill

We took a small little detour for some cool rocks on the way to Crater Lake near Toketee Falls. It was a good excuse for a bathroom break or as Kergis put it, “how are your guy’s pee levels?”

We had a plan of getting there for sunset and to catch the stars. As we approached Crater Lake our maps on our phones once again failed leading us to an impassable road to the Lake. With quick thinking Kergis was able to find a new route to the lake that would land us there by 6pm. Last light was not till 8pm so we knew we had a fair amount of time. As we got closer to the Lake we all got super excited and started yelling OH MY GOSH!!! As we got to the parking lot we unloaded our gear and I can’t explain the excitement we all had building up to get to snow shoeing. Maybe some of these photos can explain our joy.

Photo Credit: Hannah Neill

 

 

Even though I did not get a ton of pictures this was a day to reflect and take in what the earth has to offer to us. It was definitely a trip for the experiences more than me just taking photos or video. I tried to keep my camera put away when possible and only take it out when it was truly necessary. As the sun set and it became pitch black out we decided to just take a few minutes to turn off our headlamps and just listen to complete silence. I highly recommend this because you will be alarming surprised how noisy our lives are everyday. Imagine just hearing the trees swaying, a few birds chirping, and looking up to see a few stars breaking through the clouds. We did not get to see many stars that night, but like I said it was more for the adventure than it was to get night photography.

 

Photo Credit: Hannah Neill

Photo Credit: Hannah Neill

On the way back to Eugene we decided to stop at Denny’s and get some grub in us and let me tell you that was one of the best decisions at 1am you could do. I bought two buttermilk pancakes for $2.00!! WHAT!?! It was so filling because they were so thick, but it hit the spot after snow shoeing for a good few hours. I have to admit this was one of the best Trips I have gone on for Earth Day. Let’s remember to keep the trails we love and the place we live in trash free. Even if it is not your trash just pick it up because if you think someone else will pick it up more than likely another person is thinking the same exact thought. Happy traveling and see you with another blog post this coming weekend from a camping trip to the coast.

Much Love,

Gainestravels

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Hannah Neill

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