A Walk in the Park

The most unbelievable, beautiful, diverse and captivating park in the entire world is Yosemite National Park; I may be a bit biased though. I have been blessed to visit the park twice so far in my life and hopefully more times to come in the future. For those of you who have never been to the first national park, let me describe the most amazing teasers Yosemite offers. Hundred feet water falls that sparkle in the sunlight, the Merced River with beautiful white rapids to ride, and Half-Moon Peek to climb and feel on the top of the world, are simply tastes of the entire 1,189 sq. miles of park.

Everyone who loves to hike and appreciate nature should aspire to travel there one day. Until then, take advantage of the great parks and nature trails that your town offers! Athens houses the fantastic State Botanical Gardens or North Oconee River Park. Taking a walk through the gardens or a jog along the river are great ways to connect with nature. Just remember that nature is just as valuable here in Athens as it is in Yosemite and other national parks. The important thing to remember is that we all, just like John Muir did for Yosemite, must protect and preserve what we have. So, run, bike, walk and enjoy what beautiful nature there is, whether in Athens or the great Yosemite, and remember that we have to power to protect and makes the parks even better!

Elizabeth Stowell is a public relations major at the University of Georgia

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