Why the Midwest is Great
Posted by Aaron Wolf on January 28, 2016
No one goes hungry in the land of plenty.
While the Midwest may be first thought of as farmland with seemingly endless tracts of crops and pasture, it may be easy to forget all of the open, wild space not being commercially raised.
Just kidding, the Midwest is chock full of radiant and diverse beauty in every nook; how can anyone forget that? And what the Midwest may lack in towering peaks it makes up for in a range of plants, animals and landscapes.
So, what do I like most about the Midwest? Why is it an optimal destination for adventurers and recreationists alike?
We forage the plethora of yummy edibles from wild rice to walnuts, raspberries to the exotic ginseng and healing willow. What’s not to love in getting in touch with your Hunter-Gatherer?
I have to say one of my favorite activities while hiking is foraging. Yes, I’m aware that hiking is already an activity but when you come across a raspberry or huckleberry bush it gives you three things: 1) a break from the vigor of leisurely strolling 2) free food 3) the giggles (because there’s all this food hanging around and no one is eating it).
The land of plenty, I mean the Midwest, has kept me full of adventure for most of my life. I take pride in living and playing in a place that has a dozen ecosystems within a stone’s throw.
We romp through wetlands where our aviary brothers and sisters commute annually, paddle down rivers of varying meandering, hike in the savannahs and climb the ancient sandstone that once lay on the ocean floor some 200 million years ago.
So yes, the saying, “Midwest is best,” is pretty legit. I’m biased because I live here and we have the Great Lakes and vital ecosystems that sustain our migratory birds as well as game and feed the world but whatever.
I’m stopping myself here because I’m not an author and a subject such as this can easily turn into an enthralling volume of books. Alas, I retire to the rolling savannahs, or the rugged foothills, or the soggy marsh, or the hardwood forest, or the sweeping prairie, or the…wait, I’m running out of space. They only give me so much to work with you know.