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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Bird's Eye View

The mountains...from majestic peaks to rich, fertile valleys, breathtaking sights and sounds prevail. The beauty and diversity of mountainous regions are awe-inspiring. It is most difficult to envision earth without mountains, especially since they cover about 20-25% of the earth's surface (percentage is dependent upon source). They are found on every continent and even rise up from the ocean floor some never peaking above the water's surface. 

December 11 is...

Mt. McKinley, Highest Mountain Peak in North America
International Mountain Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance and value of mountains from an ecological and economical perspective. We all share vital natural resources...air, oceans and rivers, mountains and forests which function together forming the basis of a rich network of ecosystems. This network is intricately woven to sustain the livelihood of human, plant and animal well-being. In order for the system to continue being a source of future life and prosperity, all resources must be protected. On this day, focus is on the spectacular mountains, a source of water and food, and their surrounding beauty seen from a bird's eye view!

Water from the melting snow fills the rivers and streams...

After examining the ecological perspective, let's move into the economical standpoint. Mountain regions offer some of the best vacation spots, especially in the fall and wintertime. Autumnal brilliance is enough alone to entice a visit to the mountains. Winter, of course, encourages a visit to their snowy slopes for the best skiing of a lifetime. 

Even back in the day...

Last, but not least, there is also the camping and mountain climbing...

Are you ready for a bird's eye view?