Nature Quest Sweepstakes – Essay
The world is an interconnected organism, alive and giving life. The waters of its oceans, rivers and lakes flow through and around its forests, plains and mountains, which nourish and sustain all, from the tiny hummingbird to the mighty redwoods to the children of every land. Unfortunately though, the same world that enabled ancient cultures to flourish throughout the ages is at risk in our time.
I sit in an office, phone ringing, emails begging my attention and projects to complete, but I am dazzled by the images of heliconia and howler monkeys on my computer screen. I hear the birdsong in my mind. I imagine the ancient life of the Maya. I dream of an all-too brief escape to this precious little corner of our planet, climbing through hidden caves, wandering through the riches of the rainforest and exploring the both the remnants of civilizations gone by and the rich multicultural communities of today.
As I scan the pages and pictures on the Chaa Creek website, I am, of course, astounded by the beauty of the lodge, and its glorious tropical setting. I am excited by the range of tours and adventures available for my family to enjoy. But more, I am attracted and impressed by the commitment and dedication to conservation and sustainability. Protecting this living planet is not easy in today’s world. I read the words of Mick and Lucy Fleming’s guiding principal behind the development and operations of Chaa Creek and long for the opportunity to be part of it, if only for a few days. From the local tropical fruits in our breakfast through a magical day in the jungle with a local guide sharing his or her homeland with us, to a restful sleep in a sustainable paradise. Truly the vacation of a lifetime! And all I have to do is buy a plane ticket, pack my bag and plan my carbon offset!