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How We Enjoy the Outdoors

*This post is sponsored by The Trust for Public Land, as always all thoughts are completely my own.

Our summer's grand road trip adventure to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks has our entire family itching to explore and adventure and just get outside. Living in a big city like Los Angeles can be a challenge. We aren't surrounded by nature, there are no winding paths in the woods, no sprawling landscapes behind our house, lots of cement, lots of buildings, those are my sights on a daily basis. We are fortunate however to be a few minutes walk from a local park. And we have a gorgeous state park about a 20 minute drive away. Unfortunately, most Americans aren't as fortunate. Over 100 million Americans who live in cities don't live within a 10 minute walk of a park.

That's where the nonprofit group The Trust for Public Land comes in, a program founded to create parks and preserve land. I absolutely love their mission, and you can search on the site for local community forests, greenways, parks, historic sites, ranches, farms, and so much more. They are asking all of you readers to join in the movement. Head here and upload a photo to create a postcard and share why nature matters to you and your family. 

A few weeks ago we took our family up to Will Rogers State Park for the day. It was gorgeous out, a bit warm, but the shade was just perfect. There's something different about the air in a park like this. I know scientifically, of course it's different, all the oxygen from the trees and the clean air in contrast to the smog, but there's something about breathing that air that just calms us. Fresh air, fresh minds, and fresh bodies. That's what my postcard will say. Outdoor space like this is just too precious to lose. 

A good park day for our family always begins with a great blanket for chilling or taking a break, and a backpack full of snacks and drinks for keeping our energy up. We also pack hats, sunscreen and a soccer ball or football, friends are always a plus, and pretty much our day is set. Here are some photos from our beautiful day at Will Rogers. 

I'm sure you'll agree that this planet is too beautiful and sacred to deserve the damage we have caused through pollution and careless acts.