August 27, 2015
Happy 99th birthday to the United States Park Service! I recently learned that on August 26, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which created the National Park Service (NPS). Today there are 408 national parks covering more than 84 million acres of land across the U.S!
Fun fact: Did you know that the idea for the establishment of the NPS was formed during a camping trip to Yosemite in 1903 with Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir (highly regarded as the father of the national parks)? Obvious proof that fresh air really does inspire greatness!
The outdoors provides pure soul-enriching beauty, unadulterated memory-making opportunities, a complete appreciation and love for nature, and unrivaled character-building lessons. After all, nature is the original classroom.
The Windy City has a long park-loving history; beginning in the 1850s when the Chicago parks movement emerged. Today the Chicago Park District is among the largest in the nation, with more than 580 parks, 24 beaches, 11 museums, 9 golf courses, and 10 harbors!
Likewise, Scandinavians are known for their love of nature. With unprecedented natural beauty everywhere you turn, from the fjords of Norway to the volcanoes of Iceland, it’s easy to see why. In Denmark, however, national parks are a relatively new phenomenon. The Danmarks Nationalparker (Danish National Parks) system was only just established on August 22, 2008!
Everyone, young and old, appreciates nature in some form or another. Whether you savor a city stroll (like Mormor), revel in a rousing ride (as most Danes), fancy a foray in the forest, enjoy an exciting expedition, or just care to carouse in the country, simply being outdoors is an unrivaled affair. And the days of late summer are the perfect time to enjoy these last few weeks outdoors.
When the days get shorter and the air gets a bit cooler Danes recognize this time of year as sensommer. This extra little season between summer and autumn is a cherished time where the last bits of sun and warmth are enjoyed, along with fresh apples and perhaps a bål (bonfire) to gather around as autumn is ushered in.
How do you enjoy sensommer? Leave us a comment below!
Here are some upcoming local sensommer activities:
Join us for The Danish Home Foundation’s Annual Benefit at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, IL.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 The Danish American Athletic Club & The Danish Home of Chicago invite you to their 15th Annual Golf Outing at the gorgeous Stonewall Orchard Golf Course in Grayslake, IL.
Entries with payment must be received by September 16th!
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