TheMountCo Project - Save Our Parks

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This matters now more than ever. As technology becomes seamlessly integrated into our lives, future generations will need a connection to nature. Please help TheMountCo Project and I in raising the dialogue. One that will address the complex issues of technology versus reality, funding and declining numbers of young people visiting our parks. Help us facilitate a dialogue that can begin to develop creative solutions. We all have a voice in the matter. We are asking for yours.

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Ten thousand miles. Over the last two and a half months I have had the great fortune of visiting all 11 National Parks east of the Mississippi. I have also traveled much of the length of Canada, ending up in Meat Cove at the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. I have been awed and stunned silent by nature's beauty. A wolf walking within arm's length on a road so black I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. An eagle rising above the van with a freshly caught fish in its talons. Wind high in the trees, speaking with the same voice heard thousands of years ago. Water breaking on rocks carelessly left behind by glacial scrapes in the earth. Morning fog drifting across hollows in the land. Clouds dancing across the sun. I know I'm lucky.

I want to thank everyone that has helped me along the way. There are far too many of you to mention. Thank you for taking me into your homes and feeding me. Thank you for your kind and supportive words. Thank you to all the people I have met along the way. Thank you for opening your hearts and minds to me. Thank you to all the Park Rangers that have graciously given me insight into their joy and problems they face. All of you are deeply appreciated. I can only repay you by sharing my writing. It's all I have to give and I hope it is enough. 

Our National Parks are cathedrals. They show us what we were and remind us who we are. Our nation's grandest idea. America at her unselfish best.

Nature can't be experienced on a tablet. You can see it, but you can't experience it. It's tactile, it must be felt. Walked through. Waded through. Rested in. Our connection with nature humanizes us, grounds us. She whispers to us and tells us what is real, what matters. It is each generation's responsibility to protect our National Parks and National Monument Lands. As Baby Boomers age, this responsibility falls to Generation X,  Millennials and generations that follow. It's up to us to protect these gifts that help define who we are as a people and a nation.

Above us all is but one moon.   

Funds raised via GoFundMe are used exclusively for defraying a portion of travel costs and make this labor of love possible. 

As our way of saying thank you, each donation of $35 or more will receive an exclusive National Park Bearded Man T-shirt.  Donations of $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to join The Bearded Man for a weekend in the van. Each donation is deeply appreciated and will help us introduce the inspiration and wonder of our country’s greatest natural treasures to a new generation.

During The Bearded Man's 12-15 month journey, a percentage of all MountCo sales will be donated to The National Park Service. Bearded Man National Park T-shirts are in stock.

Here's a link to a great talk on why our National Parks should remain our nation's greatest treasures.  https://youtu.be/V9VcSM4wglM
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