This morning I've been pondering summer vacation. Who doesn't love thinking about summer vacation? Although our plans aren't set yet, I just have to pass on this article from NYTimes.com about all the wonders right here in our own backyard.
We North Dakotans (all 635,00 of us) sometimes forget how lucky we are to live up here. We forget that sightings of bison, antelope, and geese are unique experiences for others. Being occupied with the business of life, we forget that our livelihood is tied to the land, whether it is farming and ranching, hunting and fishing, or mining energy resources from our earth and sky. We forget that conservation is key to ensuring that our great-great-grandkids will be able to fish the same waters, hike the same lands, and breathe the same fresh air as we do.
If you have a moment, take a look at the article, if only for the majestic picture at the top. It's a reminder why we call this land The Great Plains.