Writer Michael Lanza Takes Family On Year-Long Adventure
(via Michael Lanza’s website)
Have you ever dreamed of taking your family on a travelling adventure? Writer/Photographer Michael Lanza had this dream, and made it a reality, spending a whole year travelling around the United States with his wife and two children visiting National Parks. In his new book, “Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks”, Lanza documents the journey.
The book is not simply the documentation of a family trip, however. Lanza has a passion for these sacred spaces, and through interviews, research and personal experience, he shares his thoughts on the ever-changing landscapes of many National Parks which he believes are seeing the effects of climate change.
The family went to 11 National Parks, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Glacier Bay, Mt. Rainier, Olympic, and found the most obvious effects of climate change in Glacier National Park, where ”150 glaciers in 1850 have dwindled to 27 today.
His children, Nate, 9, and Alex, 7, along with wife Penny Beach experienced quite the journey with Lanza. Some of the highlights include a “four-day, 29-mile-backpacking trip with a grueling 8-mile, 4,000-foot climb ” in the Grand Canyon, and “encounters with bears and alligators”.
You can learn more about the Lanza family adventure and purchase a copy of the book here.