By Barbara Efraimson
September 29, 2012
I've visited the Great Smokey Mountains and it's just awe-inspiring. I've also been in the Adirondack Park, repeatedly because I live so close to it, and it, too, gives you the feeling of being there alone to witness the peace and beauty that surrounds you. The earth was created for mankind to enjoy, not to use up, and all of us need to look at its wonder occassionally so we remember that. The animals, the verdant growing things, the waterways (rivers/seas/oceans), and all that surrounds us is amplified in the parks, seeming to be just a little closer to the ways the areas were originally formed. Stand in a green glen and listen to the birds, see the young wild things, the flowers, the trees and everything you can't find anywhere else...tell me then what we'll do if these wonderful places are destroyed by our complacency.