Robert Frost, ”The Road Not Taken” (via liquidnight)
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Climate change is hitting the parks hard.
It’s not the only problem they face, but instead one of many.
Light and noise pollution are also culprits.
Environmental changes confronting the National Park System are widespread, complex, accelerating and volatile.
The assessment is not good and on closer inspection, things only get worse.
We’ve got blind swimmers, runners with no legs and rugby players in wheelchairs.
U.S. Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder lost his sight diffusing IEDs in Afghanistan only one year ago, and now he’s competing for gold on the U.S. Paralympic team (more about Lt. Snyder).
These are our heroes, our car crash victims, and I-was-simply-born-this-way human. All reaching for gold.
Clearly, disability is the wrong word.
Paralympians are surely the superheroes of our world. Overcoming unimaginable odds, these athletes have been battling it out for gold over the past weeks and the Games end this weekend.
Tony Voltenpest, is the fastest paralympic runner in the world.
In the Soccer-Men’s 5-a-side preliminary match with Spain against Argentina, the players wear blindfolds to even the field among partially-sighted and blind players. The ball emits a sound, which helps them keep track of it.
China celebrate as they win a point against the United States in the Women’s Sitting Volleyball game.
Next stop: the edge of space.
Adventurer Felix Baumgartner has successfully jumped from from 96,640 feet (29,455 meters) from a custom balloon — the last test required before his planned 23-mile freefall from the edge of space can take place.
On that jump, Baumgarther will achieve supersonic speeds.
Airmen Lost in Antarctic Ice May Be Recovered
Three American Navy fliers were buried in Antarctica after their plane crashed in 1946. Now explorers want to recover their remains.
Photos: 1) “Bud” Henderson 2) Ensign Max Lopez 3.) Fred Williams