“When are you going to take your family to Disney World?”Every fall, my cousin and I watch football games in his “man cave” equipped with sports memorabilia, X-Box, a fully stocked bar and the crown jewel, an HD 70-inch television. As a lifelong Southerner who loves college football, this is nirvana.And for about six years, my cousin pops the Disney question.You see, I have a 10-year-old daughter who has never been to Disney World.The window is closing fast.A year or two ago, American Girl dolls traveled with us everywhere. Planning for a trip to the grandparents in Chattanooga was like organizing a bus load of tourists. In our case, dolls and stuffed animals.These days, fewer and fewer American Girls dolls are joining us, and my cousin, who has an older daughter, has warned me that the Disney princesses are not going to be as appealing come this fall and spring.I have nothing against Disney World or princesses, but this past summer my family decided to do something different. We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by visiting the Citico Creek Wilderness area in the Cherokee National Forest, near Tellico Plains, Tennessee.We literally traded castles and mouse ears for waterfalls and salamanders.We hiked into the Citico Creek Wilderness ending up at Falls Branch Falls, a spectacular roaring 70-foot waterfall. Nurse logs, moss, mushrooms and wildflowers abound. We also snorkeled in the wilderness-fed, Citico Creek, donning wetsuits, floating and exploring for hours in a rushing three-foot clean and clear stream. I will never forget the moment my daughter grabbed my hand when she saw her first colorful darter—a moment of joy and discovery we would experience a hundred times that morning and afternoon.For my entire family, the wilderness became our Magic Kingdom.Disney World in Florida and the Wilderness Act are about the same age. The Wilderness Act passed in 1964; after several years of development, Disney World opened in 1971.Both are uniquely American.We all know the story of Disney, but many of us do not know America’s wilderness story.Fifty years ago this year, Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed into law The Wilderness Act of 1964. The Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System and allowed Congress to permanently protect some of America’s most special and beautiful places as wilderness.Today there are 757 distinct wilderness areas located in 44 states and Puerto Rico, designated to preserve and protect wildlife and natural systems for hiking, camping, backpacking, picnicking, rock climbing, hunting, fishing, kayaking and nature photography. These special places provide us clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.Big Frog and Little Frog, Linville Gorge, Shining Rock, Cohutta, Sipsey, and Shenandoah—these are the special names of just a few of our southern wildernesses.And there is one key difference between Disney World and these wilderness areas. Disney is owned by shareholders and is a multinational corporation. We—all Americans—own the wilderness areas.It’s all public land. It is our treasure. Our inheritance. We all have a stake in it. We are responsible for it, and future generations are counting on us to pass it down protected and preserved.In the age of Facebook and social media, my cousin has seen pictures posted of my daughter standing beside waterfalls, big trees and in a wetsuit. He hasn’t mentioned Disney this fall in the “man cave.” But we have talked about our Magic Kingdom–America’s wilderness.In fact, I’ve been asking him, “When are you going to take your family to the wilderness?”—Pat Byington is Executive Director of Wild South (wildsouth.org)
The property is listed for sale with Pat Barrett of Barrett Property Sales.The Courier-Mail named Keighran as one of Queensland’s most inspirational people in 2016. Keighran was inspired by his grandfather, a World War II veteran, to join the army at just 17. He served his country for 11 years and was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2012 for action in Afghanistan in 2010.Today he is a consultant with Channel 7 and a Brand Ambassador with Australian Defence Apparel (ADA). The kitchen comes complete with pendent lighting, stone benchtops, ample storage, including a double door pantry and stainless steel appliances, including twin drawer dishwasher and gas cooktop.The couple purchased the home in 2014 for $590,000, according to CoreLogic and have it listed for sale with Pat Barrett of Barrett Property Sales for offers over $650,000. Owned by Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighan and his wife Kathryn, the low-set four-bedroom home is only eight years old.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoAnother zone ideal for relaxing is the airconditioned master bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite featuring a double shower wit frameless glass and a his-and-her vanity.They haven’t skimped on the kitchen fit-out, with pendent lighting, stone benchtops, ample storage, including a double door pantry and stainless steel appliances, including twin drawer dishwasher and gas cooktop. One of the standout features is an outdoor entertaining area with pool, water feature and Bali-inspired pool cabana.The home ticks a lot of sustainability boxes, with three x 1500 litre water tanks and pumps and solar power.Other features at the fully fenced property include security screens and doors, remote access double lockup garage, separate laundry and NBN ready. Corporal Mark Donaldson VC, takes a phone photo of fellow VC recipient Corporal Daniel Keighran and wife Kathryn at Walker’s Ridge. Picture: David Caird.AUSSIE war hero and Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran and his wife Kathryn have listed their four-bedroom Nudgee home for sale. Aussie war hero and Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran. Photo: Claudia Baxter.One of its standout features is the rear relaxation zone, featuring a tiled and covered outdoor entertaining area and Bali-inspired cabana overlooking the pool and its feature waterfall.
Chelsea are in pole position to sign Pedro after Manchester United’s interest in the Barcelona winger cooled. Press Association Pedro is reportedly available for a fee of £22million, but senior figures at Old Trafford say doubts in the player’s mind over the move led United boss Louis van Gaal to end the pursuit. The Spain forward would add to Jose Mourinho’s attacking options and his potential arrival could lead to a move away from Stamford Bridge for Juan Cuadrado. Cuadrado, a January arrival from Fiorentina, has struggled to impose himself on the Blues and has been linked with a return to Italy. Chelsea have one point from their opening two games of the season and are also looking to strengthen in defence. John Stones has been the subject of a reported three failed bids, with Everton determined to hold on to the England centre back. The Blues play at West Brom on Sunday and at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday week prior to the closure of the transfer window on Tuesday, September 1, by when Mourinho will hope to have bolstered his options in attack and defence. Premier League champions Chelsea, reeling from their worst start to a season in 17 years, are understood to be interested in the Spanish forward. It is not clear how far negotiations for the 28-year-old have progressed, but United now appear to have conceded defeat in the race for his signature, handing the initiative to Chelsea.
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