STORIES FROM THE WOODS – STUNEWSLAGUNA

Ed. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US National Parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time. 
Fitz Maurice reports with stories from the woods: happy to meet so many people in the National Parks !
As an Australian woman, with a huge smile, said to me out of the blue, “One of the best parts about being in National Parks is getting to talk to people from all over the world!”  We went on to share our excitement for the wonder of nature, as our eyes were dazzled in disbelieve at what we were seeing!
Earlier that snowy cold morning, I tore myself from bed and was out the door to witness the ultimate experience Bryce Canyon offers – snow laced over the orange amphitheater of pinnacles and spires! Only the few and the brave weathered the freezing cold so early that day, which made for an instant bond between us.
I called out, “Great day in the morning!” and the Air Force retiree called back, “God bless America”. It was the kind of day that made you feel glad to be alive!
He was enjoying a lifelong dream of traveling the National Parks with his grown son. They were both delighted with sharing this journey together and creating lasting memories.

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I hike in the National Parks regularly now and mostly I hear foreign languages being spoken. I have discovered that Europeans, and other people of the world adore being in these open and raw landscapes. Imagine how much they have to plan, travel and pay for the pleasure of being all the way over here in America’s Great West!

I respect the fact that they have read and studied our history and they are very informed about the National Parks. Often, foreigners tell me that in their country, the access to beautiful open land is walled off from all but the rich and elite. Most countries in the world do not have national parks or any preserved open public land – making America’s National Parks invaluable to the entire world.
I love seeing people of the world enjoying our Parks.  Our National Parks are the best  branch of peace that America extends to the world.
FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to each park. Hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene, and finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world.