Daylight saving time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.
This Sunday morning begins the annual tradition of springing ahead for most of the United States. Many states are even considering opting out to D.S.T. This could be the last year for many. So with the hour of sleep you lost, let’s talk some fun facts about D.S.T.
- Arizona and Hawaii do not change their clocks like the rest of the country does. They opted out of DST. DST isn’t solely a United States thing, many other countries practice it as well.
- During the energy crisis of the 1970s, Congress ordered states to go on year-round daylight saving time between January 1974 and April 1975.
- The U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration found that crime has consistently dropped during DST by 10 percent top 13 percent.
- While Benjamin Franklin did first propose Daylight Savings, he meant it as a joke.
- During World War I & II, the United States (and other Countries) went to Daylights Saving Time year round to save vital resources for the war.
- Germany was the first country to implement daylight saving time in 1916. Farmers had nothing to do with daylight saving, in fact, they opposed the idea. Farmerslobbied relentlessly against it because the lost hour of the morning meant there was a rush to get to market.
- Daylight Saving Time disrupts your body clock. Studies show that setting the clocks forward for spring also increases the risk of heart attacks, road accidents and sleep problems.
Just another beautiful Montana Morning
Early mornings on the North Fork of the Flathead remind me of the pictures often posted of the sun coming up on the African Serengeti. Each biome is rich in its own wildlife, and the Glacier National Park area of Montana is no exception. Many different species live in this area, however seeing them is complicated by the dense trees of the inland rainforests, aka refugia. These areas make ideal hunting for wolves and big cats, add some elevation to your journey and you leave the trees and find yourself in alpine areas of scrubby bushes and mountain goats.
One of my favorite things about the sunrises in this area is the summer slow mornings. The sun starts rising at about 4:30 and takes a little bit of time. The birds are easily an alarm clock. Robins start singing not long after that first light and it is definitely time to wake up, make the coffee, and see what the new day holds.
Getting out and seeing wildlife starts long before that sunrise and ends long after the last light. In the winter, that means a really short day, however in the summer that can easily become over an 18 hour day. so this leads to a new project.
Sunrise on the Montana Serengeti is only the start.
In the relaunch and rebuild of this blog, I want to start sharing a virtual safari with readers. Once or twice a year, I would love to offer a full Montana Safari itenerary for people. This is only an early start of an idea. I am in awe of people I follow on social media sharing their African safari photos and camps. I would love to offer that to people that want to see this area. This is a great place to call home, and I would love for you to vacation here, see the wild, and leave with lifetime memories.
Thanks for reading.
This week has been the big cool off for the year so far. While last month I had a picture on Instagram of the first snow in the high-country there has been no snow in the lower elevations. The forecasters are saying that tomorrow night will be the first frost. Over the past few days it has been rainy and cold. I guess fall is really close.
Snow on Mt. Cleveland
Today I heard an elk bugle somewhere in Canada. Nature is full of beautiful noises. Nature is even full of beautiful colors. The bright colors of summer flowers is replaced by the changing colors of the leaves and tamarack needles. Some years the color change is so vibrant, I can study a scene for hours.
Fall Colors on the North Fork
I want to leave off with one final thought from one of the recent books I have been reading. “The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need,” from The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Vitual Age by Richard Louv. So far as I read this book, a lot of it makes sense to our world. I enjoy sharing nature with people and hopefully adding value to their lives with it. I am also a technophile to the range of extreme. I spend a lot of time off-grid and incommunicado. It takes a few minutes, but after I gain focus, I hear the birds, feel the wind, and soon have a clear mind. It is great, and I encourage people to try it as well. I am willing to share those moments with you either virtually or in person. Again, this is a pretty powerful book, even if it just makes you stop and think about what you might be missing out on by turning off or ignoring the nature part of human existence.