The Legacy That Lives On.

This past year, I was fortunate to visit many of our National Parks. In light of recent events and those yet to come, I saw it fitting and therapeutic to summarize some of those experiences. I hope you enjoy and can, at some level, relate. Cheers. 


The Legacy That Lives On.
I have stood in the shadows of giants.
Wooded sentinels four times as wide as I am tall.
Counting the rings of a time gone by,
In a place where time stands still.

I have seen the edge of the canyon.
Layered bands of red rock and a history
as deep as it is wide.
Where ‘grand’ portrays more in feeling, than in name.

I have felt the simmering heat of the earth.
Spewing from the island gateway as
sulfur fills the sky in plumes.
A world, like a phoenix rising, new and powerful.

I have swam in the forests of the sea.
Brimming with life of all color,
shapes, and size.
Where diversity is as beautiful as it is resilient.

I have listened to the stories of the generations.
Of past and present. Of men and women. Of conquest and liberation.
Of those unafraid to rise up.
One nation united, despite our differences.

I have walked in the footsteps of Roosevelt and Muir.
Great and noble men who saw the world
as bigger than themselves and fought
so that others might too.

I have beheld my national and cultural identity.
Our collective inheritance and responsibility.
From sea to shining sea.
A legacy that now lives on in me.

Alex Warneke (100 Posts)

Alex currently resides as a Science Communicator for the National Park Service, where she inspires thousands a year to love the watery world. Alex earned her Masters degree in chemical ecology from San Diego State University investigating the effects of heavy metal pollutants on the chemical communication between organisms. In her “free time,” Alex enjoys convincing the public that Ecology is indeed sexy. With that goal, she is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the general public using the outlets of film and social media. When she is not busy busting a move or filming her next rap video, she can normally be found frolicking through the California kelp forest.


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