Earth Day is not until next week but we had an opportunity to go today so we took it. Every year we go to our favorite mountain, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and pick up trash. This year we found very little which is pretty cool. Even cooler, as Rhetta pointed out, everything we picked up can be recycled. She was equally impressed when I told her some of it could be reused. Much of it was old stuff washed to the surface by the rains and snow melt. Although we did encounter a lot of small pieces of broken glass we figured they're closer to going back to the earth and didn't risk cutting our fingers. Really, we were just hiking and enjoying some family time with a lesson or two thrown in.
We had parked on a rise and walked over another until the whole of Delta County was splayed out before us. Rhetta was busy dancing down the road but Willon, when he saw the view shouted, "Look!! It's California!" Then a little further down we left the road to look down a draw on the north side and he proclaimed, "Oh! (sheer adoration) It's the Grand Canyon!!" with so much enthusiasm I thought he would burst. Rhetta in the meantime had stopped dancing and was looking at more minute details like lichen, juniper berries, deer droppings, and cacti.
Happy Earth Day, Earth. We love you. ♥