April 3, 2013 by Darlene McC
I’ve been away touring a gash in the crust of the earth so magnificent and vast as to re-frame the definition of the word ‘large’. I speak, of course, of The Grand Canyon. From rim to rim the canyon is wider than Manhattan island is long and the “developed” portion of the park village makes up a mere 5% of it’s sprawling wilderness. It begs to be explored. And explore it I did.
I have a National Parks post coming up for you to wet your whistle right as the spring weather hits; but first, it’s Wisdom Wednesday time. In the weeks before my trip I was distracted and had few interesting thoughts to share with you. But as I stirred up the dust on the canyon floor I thought of only one appropriate post:
I believe strongly in the idea that the human animal evolved to move. It’s our natural instinct and, dare I go this far, our birthright. The body likes to move. It feels good when you do it and you’re happier for the endorphins it produces. As an added bonus, if you go outside to move your body naturally makes it’s own Vitamin D, which is required to produce the hormone serotonin. Want more bonus? It’s easier for your body to make Vit D then it is for your body to absorb it from food. Eat that!
Finally, it’s a big, beautiful, complicated, exciting world out there (no laughing, okay?). I remember joking in high school how glad I was that I played basketball so I didn’t have to be outside – what a moron I was (for so many reasons). Now I scrape together every penny I have to fly across the country and hike mile after mile to get to sleep outside. Worth every one of those pennies.
Plan an adventure this weekend. You’ll feel that much better come Sunday night.