Thank you, @trustforpublicland MN, for honoring the WOWFWL team at the 10th Annual Parks and Leadership Awards this morning! It means so much to us to be recognized for our cross-country bike ride for public lands, especially from an organization that does so much to protect and grow public lands across the country, from inner cities to wilderness. Thank you!
Thank you to those who attended our event last night and took the time to listen and learn more about our journey.
Thank you to all those who have been following along and supporting daily with positive thoughts. Your support has meant more than we could ever say.
We mentioned tonight our recommendation to give to the Friends of Cedar Mesa’s kickstarter to create a visitor center. This visitor center will serve to educate visitors on how they can visit Bears Ears with respect. With all the media attention Bears Ears has been receiving the visitation has nearly quadroupled in the last 10 years, however the areas budget has not increased whatsoever. Whether or not Bears Ears is preserved as a national monument the area is going to continue to be impacted by visitation. We don’t need to federal government to preserve this place, we can do something on our own. We believe that this a worthy cause, so to whoever is sick of feeling like there’s nothing you can do and are compelled to donate, follow the link in our bio.
Additionally to all our Minnesotan followers we would like to encourage you to call and ask Senator Amy Klobuchar to stand up to Trump and cosponsor America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act. You can call and leave a message at 202-224-3244. There will be a rally at Senator Klobuchar’s office Friday, January 5 at 1:00 PM (1200 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis) to support this act. If you can attend the rally that’s awesome! If not the more calls we can get in before January 5th the better! We Minnesotans can do just as much or more to help protect and preserve GSENM and Bears Ears than local Utahns. Just because we’re far away doesn’t mean we can’t join the fight!
We are very excited to present about our ride across the US next week! Come join us as we share countless photos, stories, and lessons-learned about public lands in the United States. All are invited! See you there!
We biked along the coast all day but barely caught a glimpse of the ocean past all the houses, hotels, and development until we finally made it to this sanctuary of sand & sea water, our very first National Sea Shore! Gulf Islands National Seashore is one of 10 National Seashores in the country and protects 135,000 acres of land along the Mississippi and Florida coasts. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches any of us had ever seen & we are so happy it has stayed preserved & open to the public!
Things WOWFWL is thankful for: public lands, bikes, police men who are kind and friendly and accommodating, southern drawls, trail angels, cookie dough, ovens, wide shoulders, and trusty tractors. A church sign read "give thanks in every circumstance" as we rode by the other day, and we think that those are some pretty great words to live by. Hope everyone had a wonderful, thanks-filled day💗
Protect and enjoy your national forests! Especially your multi-use ones, like the Sam Houston National Forest, located in east Texas 50 miles north of Houston. This forest is one of four National Forests in TX. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker makes its home here, and it and its habitat are fully protected by the forest. The forest also contains the Lone Star Hiking Trail, a 128-mile trail that has received National Recreation Trail status in some sections. And yes, it's still green down here! We Minnesotans can hardly believe it.
Happy Birthday to the beautiful Zion National Park established 98 years ago today! We were lucky enough to bike through on our trip & neither words nor pictures can do this place justice 😍 Lets all celebrate with some fresh air & wild lands 🎉🌍🚴🏼♀️🎂
We're hanging out in Austin, TX for a few days! Today we met with the @trustforpublicland's Texas State Director, Scott Parker, toured Zilker Park and Barton Springs with some of its rad Park Rangers, and ate donuts at @gourdoughspublichouse. Tomorrow, more donuts. 🍩
Checking out the Pecos River within the Amistad National Recreation Area. As we head east we are finding fewer public lands, but the ones we do find always amaze us 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 #wedontdeservethembutweshouldpreservethem (Ps it was a 110 miles in a head wind sort of a day 😬💪🏼🚴🏻♀️😴)