As I sit here ready to write this month’s blog issue, I realize I’ve got nothing to say. April Fools! Oh, wait a minute … it’s June, not April. No matter, I have a small collection of matters to write about, in fact. This way you can pick and choose, since variety is always good. With any luck, you might just enjoy all of it … fingers crossed!
Seriously now, as I was getting ready to start writing this morning, my daughter updated me with local news about a gas leak in our small town of roughly three thousand people. At first it was thought a spill occurred when a tanker was delivering gasoline to the station in question. The story going around was that the driver climbed back in his cab to do paperwork and did not notice the hose detaching from the truck…at that time it was reputed to be around 1,500 gallons.
Today that has taken on an entirely new spin, that to me says there has been something wrong for some time … in that the station’s storage tank/s have evidently been leaking. Whatever the truth is or how it came to be, it seems the actual figure is almost FIVE thousand gallons … spilled/leaked or otherwise where it doesn’t belong. In the storm drains, in one of our lakes, permeating the ground…. It is bad enough that City crews are putting warning flags at storm drains and sewer drains. I hope a more serious approach for long term clean-up and recovery is taken with this problem than it seems has been adapted elsewhere in the country for water problems.
When did people start taking such an ambivalence toward the quality of our water and land? I have never understood it. I never will.
It was about twenty years ago that I started taking a very serious interest in how to adapt my approach to the great outdoors to accommodate people with disabilities. There are not many places around the country that are geared towards guests or clients who aren’t perfectly healthy. If you are not perfectly able-bodied, there just isn’t much that exists to help you enjoy the great outdoors.
I may have written about this before, but sometimes a subject can stand repeating. Twenty years ago, when I first started thinking about the topic, my body could still take any punishment I dished out for it. So, the subject now gets hashed over in my brain from the added perspective of my own physical limitations, which are now considerable.
Creating a new model for my naturalist services that caters to those with physical challenges is very important to me. If you know of someone yearning for a chance to spend time out in Nature, please share my blog with them. Encourage them to contact me, so perhaps we can start a conversation about their time out in Mother Nature.
Last thought for this issue……
If you have an interest in gardening — & a green thumb to boot, doesn’t hurt – consider growing little plants you can craft cute containers for, that you might turn around and sell for a modest fee in your local farmers market or some such place. It does get you outside. Conversations you can strike up with people at different venues can establish long terms friendships that values can’t be placed on. It may not be the type of outdoors I normally discuss here, but if it gets you out of the house and provides some fun … how can you beat that?! Put your own spin on the idea and see what you can come up with that may spark something for you.
Spice up any ideas with details that will really appeal to your individual tastes. Variety can be wonderful!