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Question of the Week: What’s your favorite place out in the environment?

2009 June 8

Relaxing in your backyard. Hiking in a national park. Birding in a wetland. We all have a favorite place where we go to connect with nature. June is Great Outdoors Month.

What’s your favorite place out in the environment?

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 9, 2009

    beach is awesome

  2. Anonymous permalink
    June 9, 2009

    beach is beautiful

  3. Chris S permalink
    June 9, 2009

    I too have a small farm that is pasture & woodlot with a small stream.

    But the sheep have been replaced with Scottish Highland Cattle.

  4. Kristen Perez permalink
    June 9, 2009

    On the beaches of Dauphin Island off the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

  5. Kristen Perez permalink
    June 9, 2009

    Maritime forest

  6. Luis Visani permalink
    June 9, 2009

    Really a fantastic memory. One day i’ll surf in the beaches of Florida and feel like you felt when you were younger. I’m from Brazil and here we have marvelous landscapes that i will have to spend one entire life visiting. That is great.

  7. Heithrun permalink
    June 10, 2009

    I enjoy biking and or walking threw Prince William National Forest.

  8. Johnny R. permalink
    June 10, 2009

    Why make the overcrowding worse by adding my presence? I stay home to watch the documentaries and travelogues.

  9. Chuck permalink
    June 10, 2009

    My House.

  10. Don O permalink
    June 10, 2009

    My cabin and tree farm in northern Minnesota.

  11. Druz permalink
    June 10, 2009

    Wading the flats of Tampa Bay and pulling on trout faces.

  12. Helen permalink
    June 10, 2009

    Chimney Pond in Baxter State Park in Maine.
    Mountain overlook in Great Pond Mountain Conservancy Trust Wildlands in Maine.
    By my frog-filled pond surrounded by forest, my home in Maine.

  13. Luke permalink
    June 10, 2009

    I love wide open spaces with low vegetation, allowing me to see far distances and enjoy sunsets and sunrises. Growing up in central Illinois on a farm greatly influenced this. Gliding on the water of northern Lake Superior around Isle Royale is also a favorite spot of mine.

  14. bruce willette permalink
    June 10, 2009

    by the ocean. and blueberry hill in maine

  15. Gillian permalink
    June 10, 2009

    On top of a mountain in NH…preferably one with a rocky summit (great for lunching on) on a bright clear day when you can see clear to Canada. Hopefully, the white throated sparrow is singing “Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody”, and the Clintonia is blooming.

  16. ChaseR permalink
    June 10, 2009

    The ocean, any clean ocean or sea. Stay in a hut in the brush. Then when you decide to really breathe, go out on a small sailing vessel or catamaran with living quarters. Kayak.
    I also have a passion for larger rivers and tributaries. A canoe trip for a few days, pitch a tent.
    With nature, become alive again. Bring a friend, have beautiful memories.
    Thanks for the question. It was like creating a banquet for one’s being.

  17. Johnny R. permalink
    June 11, 2009

    I notice you stipulated “any clean ocean or sea” – not so easy to find these days.

  18. Anonymous permalink
    June 11, 2009

    i like the indoors because there is air conditioning, food, and no animal feces.

  19. arthur permalink
    June 11, 2009

    My favorite place is in the shadow of our nuclear power plant. I can just look at it and imagine all the electrons rushing out to power water treatment plants, respirators at the hospitals, provide heat for nursing homes and etc. All the while emitting no CO2. I wonder why Obama wont build more plants with the one trilliion dollar stimulus?

  20. shsron permalink
    June 11, 2009

    The desert, the desert, the desert, I loooove the desert.

  21. David permalink
    June 12, 2009

    Anywhere outdoor in the Great USA: East and West Coast beaches, the Great Plains, Smokies, Rockies, swamps. Take it in. Climb a Colorado 14er and watch the sunrise over this huge, beautiful expanse of land and water.

  22. hamid poorantiyosh permalink
    June 14, 2009

    My favorite place in nature is watching the Spring in the night near the mountains, flowers, trees.
    There is a peace and serenity I feel as I watch the water, And there’s nothing quite like a beautiful mountain.

  23. Greg Pronger permalink
    June 15, 2009

    Cool, early morning hillside in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, overlooking a tallgrass vale commingled with a few oak stands and fir; maybe with wisps of ground fog lazing between the trees…

    Or laying on a bedroll, in the West Texas Davis Mountains, watching the moonrise with too many stars to count…

    Or maybe looking westward across a pristine lake in the Boundary Waters, the sun barely above the trees, with the only disturbance on the lake, the waves from a loon gliding across

  24. Left Coast Tim permalink
    June 25, 2009

    Hmm…you must be one of those cock-eyed optimists. I work literally on Death Valley’s edge…and now that the 100+ degrees of summer have started, it’s all I can do to restrain myself from jumping in front of one of the many trains that pass through Barstow to end the climatological misery, hah-hah!
    Though an ex- and I did stay in DV for New Year’s Eve awhile back, it WAS nice…but then, it never got
    over 75. To each their own.

  25. Alexander permalink
    June 25, 2009

    June is a great time to spend it hiking back in Western Montana. Before the all the tourist arrive.

    Remember one can be a traveler, without being a tourist.

  26. Tara permalink
    June 27, 2009

    I LOVE 2 go down to the creek near my house and it has a very small waterfall and u cant go swimming but it is so beautiful and has rocks plus next to the creek is wonderful trails if u follow them far enough u will come to this old abandon shed or house a tree has fallen on it so u cant enter but if i had the chance i would. Saddly are wonderful creek and trails will be ruiend because this man wants to plant trees and use the creek water to water them but he needs to relize is it isn’t a ocean. And it cant supply water 4 over 1,000 trees. Help protect are little creek. <3

  27. Becky permalink
    July 3, 2009

    My favorite place in the world is a forest w/hills in SE Oklahoma, the Ouachita Mountains. We have a little cabin in the forest, and it is so peaceful, you can sometimes hear a pin drop. We see different birds, wasps, bugs, lizards, spiders, and hear all sorts of music created by the animals. We are so lucky to participate in nature’s celebration!

  28. Richard permalink
    December 4, 2009

    Locally (SF area), I really like the ocean shore and sunsets.
    That’s part of why I live about 200 feet from the Pacific Ocean. However, Golden Gate Park has some great treed areas to hike through (and you can get back to civilization by walking 1-2 blocks from any location).

    2nd Place – Oregon (near Mill City/Salem) has forest, river, ocean and mountains all in one package! Very relaxed. Oregon/northern California is very similar.

    Thanks,
    Richard

  29. ted permalink
    December 22, 2009

    My personal favorite is Tinos in Greece , part of the northern cycladic islands in the Aegean sea, besides typical greek garbage dumping (on the side of the road) the water is pristine and the air is pure as can be!
    I’d be happy to rent or sell you my house.
    regards
    Ted

  30. Rachel permalink
    January 2, 2010

    Being surrounded by beautiful trees in a forrest has always been my most favorite place to be. However I also have the most amazing at peace feeling when kayaking on Lake Tahoe which is along the border of California and Nevada. The water is stunningly clear and the mountains are magnificent. Check out this picture I found and see what I mean http://www.inflatablekayakworld.com/blog/why-the-inflatable-kayak-is-the-perfect-ride/
    (p.s. that is not me – just a pic I came across).

  31. Greg permalink
    January 16, 2010

    One of my favorite places to visit in Southern Switzerland is Lugano. Pristine lakes, surrounded by mountains with breathtaking views. Best time to go is between March and October for the Mediterranean climate.

    The unspoiled natural beauty is evident with the lack of pollution. Will definitely recommend you guys check it out.

    Author of Buy A Snow Thrower

  32. John permalink
    October 28, 2010

    Go boating and fishing in Flaming Gorge Reservoir..i’d be very happy to catch a rainbow trout and the landscape is breathtaking.

  33. johnny permalink
    November 1, 2010

    Indeed Lake Tahoe is great for using an inflatable kayak especially when the sun is hot and the water is still…. heaven!!

  34. bobby permalink
    February 25, 2011

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Jok permalink
    October 12, 2011

    Nothing more relaxing then the ocean.

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  37. April 30, 2012

    The island of St Johns. The beach is Trunk Bay. An amazing place. The next beach over, cinnamon bay, has an archaeological barn and underwater reef trail.

  38. inflatable kayaks permalink
    July 29, 2013

    Any surf beach is a great spot to be, particularly when the waves are awesome and the water is cool.

  39. Jose permalink
    November 18, 2013

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