Sent it to the high country yesterday where we were tossed like rag dolls by some of the strongest wind I’ve ever experienced and these beautiful cutthroat we managed to trick and the infant-sized calzone we crushed afterwards were incredible treats that sent my wind burned self straight into a food coma with lights out by 9:30pm. Solid day.
The picturesque mountains and idyllic farmland situated just beyond the 'limits of disturbance' paint a sharp contrast to the destruction brought on by the Mountain Valley Pipeline. A 300+ mile long fracked gas pipeline that has been routed through one of the most biodiverse regions of North America. The Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and WV contain one of the richest temperate forests in the world and is home to a wide array of wildlife species and an especially wide array of aquatic species. This region provides unparalleled experiences for fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts. The Mountain Valley Pipeline is proposed to cross over 600 essential bodies of water that provide life to this region. What will happen to these mountains if this pipeline project is continued? Construction has already caused severe erosion of fragile mountain soil and streams have filled with sediment runoff from construction sites. What will the people of this region do when they no longer have access to clean water? We will be paying for this pipeline for years to come. It is imperative that we act now to put an end to this destruction. There is a State Water Control Board meeting this week on August 21st in Richmond, VA. They have the power to revoke water permits for this project. Write to them to revoke permits or show up at the meeting at 9am to tell them in person!
Legit adventure. Sleeping in the car, bushwhacking, hornet bites, no water sources, smoky air, sketchy route sections, a lot of laughter, gorgeous wild ridges and just the right amount of suffering. Beautiful day on Mt Sloan with @lukasslotman Still smiling #lifeofadventure
WEB OF LIFE
"The meaning of life is just to be alive.It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves."
Allowing ourselves to be simply us, to accept who we are beyond our external achievements and goals, is the greatest liberation we can give ourselves. To love ourselves regardless of what we accomplish each day, to find ourselves worthy not because of our job, credentials or diploma, but because of out heart, mind and soul in whatever way they show up each day, is to truly love ourselves.