Plastic bottles + artistic ingenuity = this upcycled hip chandelier!
This upcycled chandelier is the creative child of our Trek Leader Yash. He made this with the help of Green Trails interns Vaibhav and Ritin at Sankri. Made with around 30 bottles, this is a beautiful way to use otherwise thrown away plastic bottles. You will find them decorating the halls of our homestay at Sankri.
This just goes to show that waste doesn't have to stay waste if we put our minds to it! #IHGreenTrails
To date I think Glacier National Park is still my favorite national park. To be fair I was only 12 when my family went to Yellowstone so I need to visit there again. I'll be adding a couple more to the list this summer; Northern Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, Mt Rainier National Park. Who else loves visiting our public lands whether it be national/state parks, national/state forests or wilderness areas? I know I do! But how much do you know about what these different classifications mean? Have you ever wondered why national and state parks aren't free to visit but forests are?
National/State Parks are protected federal lands overseen by the US Interior. It takes an act of Congress to create or change a National Park. Some criteria for the selection of national parks include natural beauty, unique geological features, unusual ecosystems, and recreational opportunities. They are funded by a federal budget and profits they receive from visitors. Along with receiving hundreds of thousands of volunteers every year for various tasks. Did you know 2 out of the top 3 most visited national parks are in North Carolina!? Great Smokey Mountain National Park with roughly 11.3 million annual visitors and The Blue Ridge Parkway with roughly 15 million annual visitors. How many of you knew the Blue Ridge Parkway was actually a national park?
The photo above is from Cracker Lake in Glacier National Park in Montana. It's a 16 mile out and back hike with moderate bear activity. I was lucky to see 3 cinnamon black bears on my hike, from a distance haha. The most delicious berries I have ever tasted grown on this trail. They look just like raspberries, does anyone know what? You have the Glaciers behind me to thank for those beautiful colored rocks and the breathtakingly blue lake. Did you know Glacier National Park use to have 150 glaciers back in 1850!? Today there are only 25 left. It is estimated if current warming trends continue there will be no glaciers there by 2030. I will definitely make a point to go back before this happens! Is Glacier National Park on your travel list?? You might want to bump it up a few spots if it is!
As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can. 💙