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Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks

by Mark Woods

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Mark Woods decided to got one National Park (or memorial, or recreation area, or monument) a month during the Centennial of he National Park system. His goal was to address one aspect of the parks that could affect their future (pollution, over crowding, climate change, etc.). However, shortly into his project, his mother, the woman who helped nurture his love for the outdoors and national parks, was diagnosed with cancer. Despite this, Mark continued his travels, sometimes with family members, sometimes with friends, mostly alone. He talked with many park rangers and park goers, each one with their own special stories and connections to the places they live and work. Soon, Mark realized that his project was. not only about the uncertain future of the parks, but his uncertain future as well - one that would soon not include his mother.

I really loved this book. I initially picked it up because I too love the national parks and worry about their future in a world (and country) that seems to be caring about them less and less. As I was reading this, though, I gained a renewed sense of hope as Mark told of his encounters with the people who are working to improve and preserve these spaces. But more than a reflection on the outdoors, this is a book about acceptance, adaptation, and moving forward. Mark Woods writes about the sights and sounds of nature as eloquently as he writes about the rage and sadness of dealing with death. In the final chapter, as he is standing in the Haleakala Crater in Hawaii watching the last sunset of the year, he recounts the tale that leads to the title of the book, and it (and the connection of it all) took my breath away. ( )
  kaylaraeintheway | Jun 5, 2017 |
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