Our Parks Are Our History

I ran across this beautiful documentary during my morning surfaholism.

Three friends toured California and filmed the 70 state parks slated to close in the fallout of the state’s budget-pocolypse.

I recently wrote a meditation on some of the ways that our parks and preserved wilderness epitomize the very best of our country.

Big, cheap accessible, and beautiful. BEAUTIFUL. That’s our country.

There’s a moment in the trailer when a woman describes 50 years of community work to restore a historic town. If it closes, all that work will be gone, and people will lose a valuable chance to experience what California was like before cars and telephones, let alone before HP, Xerox PARC, and their successors ad infinitum.

Places where we can walk a few miles, close our eyes, and listen to the non-human world.

Sure, the Denver sky moved me a little yesterday: large, containing multitudes. Some angry, blurry storm clouds. Some squinty bright blue. Some delicately shadowed, billowing towers. What I could see of it through buildings and past telephone wires.

But there’s nothing like a California state park. Nothing.

Maybe Sheldon Adelson can donate the $22 million to save his neighbors to the west.

(Don’t click that at work for two reasons: Sarah. Silverman. You’re welcome.)

And if Sarah Silverman can’t convince you, try Joni:

“They wouldn’t give peace a chance. That was just a dream some of us had.”

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2 thoughts on “Our Parks Are Our History

  1. Matthew says:

    It’s infuriating how much of our past we’re willing to throw out in order to keep property taxes low and aid companies in their race to the bottom. It’s conservatives against conservation!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Sorry I’m taking a while to get back to this. I was recently talking to a political organizer/advocate about her lifelong belief that farmers and environmentalists should get along. If only they had the right mediators. It’s a beautiful thought.

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