Two weeks to go into to the election, on a rainy Sunday morning, I walked with a cup of coffee to a chair next to the window trying to make up my mind on three initiatives on the Nov. 2 ballot. I grabbed the travel section of the LA Times, when the "Crazy Beautiful" title and the pictures from Yosemite National Park caught my attention. "Before you begin, let me warn you about something, I am not objective about Yosemite. I can't be, my view has been shaped by more than 50 years of visits," Mark Boster wrote.
First I am going to talk about State Parks and Proposition 21, so let me tell you that my personal relationship with the parks is also shaped by countless visits, walks and love for these places.
There is a state park near my house that I walk every morning from Arch Beach Heights to Top of the World with my dog. No matter what season, it's always a delightful walk. I found myself enjoying a foggy morning, walking in the clouds, looking at the lights, and a festivity of colors that awakens all my senses and make me feel alive.