Vie’ means ‘life’ in French. This is Our Vie! We are Cees and Madison–a newly married couple whose story actually started in a national park. We got engaged in Yosemite National Park just over two years ago! In the course of this last year, we decided to chase our dreams and see every National Park through the windows of a 1989 Toyota motorhome named Vie. Just before setting out, we adopted a soon-to-be adventure kitty, Vladimir Kitten.
When I’m out here in the parks or in the other wild places we’ve been fortunate enough to frequent on our trip – I feel a very real pull. There is something about being surrounded by wild that shoots me back to my elemental beginning. It resets me. These places help me let go of anything unnecessary. I see clearer; I feel my place in the universe.
The feeling seems to be heightened after a successful coexistence with that “wild”. For example – finishing a long bike ride through a heavily-rooted forest trail, hiking out from a multi-pitch climb up remnants of volcanic activity, or being scared out of my wits by a friendly whale! These interactions with the rock, the trees, or the animals send a very tangible message to my heart, or perhaps my soul, that I’m part of it all. That somehow, amidst the complicated web of geology, ecology, and biological evolution – my piece to the puzzle is essential. I belong.
And I think that’s the part that feels so good. That’s what keeps me seeking those feelings. A sense of belonging in the universe is one of the greatest blessings we, as human beings, can experience! And that is why we, as stewards of these wild places, need to do everything we can to protect them. We need to stand up for laws that ensure that sense of wild belonging for future generations. I want my future children and grandchildren to feel as I do in these rugged landscapes.
The National Park Service has been trying to accomplish this goal for over 100 years now. Not only do they strive to protect these special areas, but they try to provide opportunity for all to experience them.
Madison and I have had the great fortune of exploring these parks as a tribute to efforts made by the National Park Service. Even though we barely scratch the surface of each of the parks, we see the unique value of every one.
Because of the NPS we’ve been lucky enough to experience desert sunsets, feel the soft light through a grove of mighty sequoias, and summit snow-capped mountain peaks. The list doesn’t stop there either – we’ve watched whales, been close to bears, and kept company with chipmunks . The access to these amazing places provides countless opportunity to connect, not only with our planet, but with the creatures that inhabit it. All of these experiences may not have been possible without the protective and preserving powers of the National Park Service and National Park Foundation.
We owe our support to this beautiful organization. Click here to donate to the National Park Foundation now
See more of our national park adventures at www.ourvie.com.
The entire Our Vie Yakima installation consists of: ● (2) 60″ Tracks (custom installation) ● (2) SkyLine Tower 4pk ● (2) LandingPad 1 Pair ● (2) CoreBar Pair ● (2) SkyBox 21 Carbonite ● (2) FrontLoader ● SKS Lock Cores 12 pack