While most nerds recognize March 14th as Pi Day, us environmentalists like to celebrate International Day of Action for Rivers.
This past week I had the incredible opportunity to hike part of the Smokey Mountains. I took part in a group service trip to Knoxville, TN, a great area that is home to many people in need. Because I’ve only lived in Florida and Cape Cod, I get wicked excited when I see mountains because they’re such a rare sight. It was so amazing to be in such a clean and natural expanse of land, and the vastness of it really makes you aware of how small you are compared to the rest of the world.
I posted a few pictures here to share my experience with you all and to show what the Earth looks like when it goes untouched by man. I’ve never been in such a vast natural environment, and it’s easy to forget what the world looked like before humans took over.
Anyway, this experience gave me a great appreciation for the power of nature. The rivers and waterfalls along the trails are known as some of the most dangerous in the U.S. And honestly, they were absolutely beautiful. Standing next to them, I could feel how powerful they were and I’ve never smelled air that was so clean and fresh that it was sweet.
So just remember to take a little bit of time every day to appreciate nature, because the world is truly beautiful when it goes untouched by man. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footsteps!