Greetings from Northern Virginia!
Today is Joe’s birthday, and we are spending the day in our nation’s capital. We’ll be visiting with American Forests’ “Historic Trees” program staff, and will be picking up a Moon Sycamore (a tree grown from seeds that have been to the moon) to plant in the D.C. area.
Just to get you up to speed, since we last wrote on our blog, we’ve traveled to Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, planting native trees in each state! (Click on the state name to see photos and details about each planting. For a full photo gallery that is updated regularly, click here: http://plantawish.org/media-room/photo-gallery/)
Our travels have been eye-opening, inspiring, and incredibly rewarding. Each time we’ve gathered with a community to plant a native tree together, we have been reminded of the beauty of the simple act of planting a tree. And we’ve made so many great friends along the way – our only regret is that we can only spend a day or so in each location. (We’re already planning to hold film screenings in each place once the film is complete.)
This experience is turning out to be much more than we could have ever hoped for. Not only have we learned so much about the powers that trees have to make us safe, healthy, and even happy, but we have seen (and documented in gorgeous 24p video) the incredible community bonding that can occur when folks gather around to plant a tree together. Priceless stuff.
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