Earth Day is observed on April 22 and was started in the United States in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to create awareness for the Earth’s environment and to encourage conservation efforts. In 1990, Earth Day was taken international, and today, more than 500 million people in 175 countries observe Earth Day. Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. I guess we all have an interest in mother nature.
Earth Day had a different meaning for Dan and I last year; a day when we were stuck in her grasp, so to speak.
We awoke to the sound of the alarm notifying us that we need to get up and get rolling before the sun peaked its head above the horizon. The night spent at Justin Trails Resort was very relaxing; time spent with my honey is always special to me. The previous night, we were amazed to hear the call of numerous Sandhill Cranes located in a farmer’s pond/field across the way. Permission was granted from the landowner the night before allowing us to venture on their property. Donna (owner of the resort) mentioned, “Due to the recent heavy rains in the area, make sure to stay on the higher field road.” Okay, we thought- no problem.
We traveled closer and closer to the sounds of the Sandhill Cranes in hopes of catching a breathtaking sunrise with these beautiful birds in the foreground. The road became more and more impassable as we ventured closer to our targets but it was too late- no place to turn around and the only motion we had to travel was forward. Yep… We got stuck in the muck. The Equinox is AWD not 4WD, I think came out of my mouth 🙂 All I could do was laugh at the situation as we tried to pull the long grass, sticks, and Cattails from the side of the road and place them in the “water” so that the tires would have something to grab onto. I say “water” because there really was not a road to be seen. With a serious look on Dan’s face, he tells me to go to the other side of the car to see if the tires are grabbing onto any of the debris we placed under them- so I did. The next thing I know, I was covered in the black, muddy, swampy, field water -muck, YUCK!! Dan still was not finding the humor in it all, but I had to giggle- and I proceeded to do so as we walked back to the resort which was a good 2-3 miles. It was a beautiful sunrise, gorgeous really, but did I get photos? NOPE! Did I think about pulling the camera out of the car to take pictures of the car being stuck? NOPE!
We walked back to the resort so that I could get cleaned up while Dan walked back to the farmers house to see if he could pull us out of the field road with a tractor. As our luck would have it, this farmer was very helpful and didn’t bat an eye when asked- he wouldn’t even take any compensation for his troubles. On his travels back, Dan did get photos of the car stuck in the muck- to see and hear his take on the day visit that blog post at When life gives you mud – make a mud pie.
After we both were clean and free of mother natures gift that she gave us that morning, we were treated to a tour of the old barn on the property which they were currently renovating. Beautiful property, wonderful owners, a great breakfast and conversation- I would highly recommend a stay at Justin Trails Resort in Sparta, WI.