By Michael Lanza
A longtime backpacker, climber, and skier, Michael Lanza understands our nationwide parks just like the again of his hand. As a father, he hopes to proportion those specific areas together with his teenagers. yet he has visible firsthand the alterations wrought by way of the warming weather and knows what lies forward: Alaska’s tidewater glaciers are speedily taking flight, and the considerable sea existence of their shadow departs with them. Encroaching tides threaten cherished desert coasts like Washington’s Olympic and Florida’s Everglades. much less snowstorm and warmer summers will curb Yosemite’s world-famous waterfalls. And it's envisioned that Glacier nationwide Park’s 7,000-year-old glaciers could be long past in a decade.
To Lanza, it seems like the home he grew up in is being looted. Painfully conscious of the ecological—and spiritual—calamity that international warming will convey to our nation’s parks, Lanza units out to teach his kids those wonders prior to they've got replaced forever.
he is taking his nine-year-old son, Nate, and seven-year-old daughter, Alex, on an formidable trip to work out as many climate-threatened wild locations as he can healthy right into a yr: backpacking within the Grand Canyon, Glacier, the North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, and alongside the wild Olympic coast; sea kayaking in Alaska’s Glacier Bay; mountaineering to Yosemite’s waterfalls; mountain climbing in Joshua Tree nationwide Park; cross-country snowboarding in Yellowstone; and canoeing within the Everglades.
via those poignant and funny adventures, Lanza stocks the wonderful thing about each one position and indicates how his kids connect to nature whilst given “unscripted” time. eventually, he writes, this is often extra their tale than his, for no matter what comes of our altering global, they're those who will dwell in it.
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Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks by Michael Lanza