Friday, August 9, 2013

What to take home

    People everywhere scramble to figure out what items to take with them on a vacation. Yet rarely do they think much about what to take home with them.
    Of course they pack up various mementos they collect along the way—a book, a pinecone, a seashell—as reminders of their experiences. However, visitors to the Sun Valley area should give some thought to the memories they take home because memories gathered here and in places like it may hold the key to the future.
    Here are our top recommendations for memories to take home:

  • Clean air and blue skies—This is what they are like without the pollutants pumped into them by big numbers of cars and trucks and coal-fired power plants.
  • The clear water of the Big Wood River and its high mountain feeder-creeks—It’s what water looks like before it’s joined with agricultural and industrial wastes.
  • The taste of tap water without choking doses of chlorine—It’s some of the cleanest left on Earth.
  • Silence—Mostly absent are the sounds of roaring jet engines, freeway traffic, buses, trucks and trains.
  • The smell of sage and cottonwoods in early mornings—It’s nature’s own perfume.
  • The sights of fish, deer, elk, moose, fox, coyote, bears and other wildlife—We share the planet with these creatures.
  • The sight of the Milky Way at night—It’s something most people in the world today will never see.

    If people take home memories like these, they may become more aware of the precious assets our nation and the world are losing with each passing day as our species fails to address climate change and the human activities that are making global temperatures rise.
    With awareness, we can remake the future.

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