I am writing this letter from my home. It is a surreal experience to be back running The Wordy Traveler from my home. It has given me time to reflect on this past couple of years and the amazing community that has sprung up around The Wordy Traveler.
First, I want to let you know that myself and everyone at the WT is sending lots of love and light to you and your family. I hope that you are safe and well. Second, I want to let you know how much we appreciate you being apart of The Wordy Traveler community.
Your subscription is helping so many small business owners, artists, and contributors who are a vital part of each journey. I called one of our small business suppliers with our monthly order and they literally gushed how thankful they were for our subscribers because it is allowing them to keep their doors open during this time.
We are also want to thank you on behalf of the various charities your subscription goes to help. We may not be able to travel but we can still help the people and locations that depend on tourism. I am excited to announced we have partnered with Vitamin Angel, and each box we send means a years worth of nutrition for two children!
This quarter is the first quarter that takes us to my home country, the U.S.A. The Wordy team debated on what we should feature, NY? The Great Lakes? a full country box?. In the end, we all had one unique feature of the States on our list and that was the National Park System. We all had one or more of the national parks that we have visited and fell in love with. It is amazing the diversity of the park system. Do you like to mountain climb? There is a park for that! Wildlife, Architecture, Historical Figures? No matter what interests you, you can find a National Park that highlights it. One of my favorites is the Dry Tortugas National Park off of Key West. It is the home of Fort Jefferson and is now a wild life preserve. It has the clearest blue waters and unbelievable snorkeling. It is always the one thing I mention when asked what place I love the most in the U.S.
While writing this letter my state like most of the world is under a full quarantine however they are allowing people to go outside for exercise and utilize the park system albeit you must maintain your distance from others. Thankfully I live near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park System and my daily walks through the park has been a life saver. I have forced myself to slow down and savor the beauty of what is around me. My daily walks have become my therapist and meditation in this scary time.
If you live near a park I hope you are able to go out and explore it. When our borders open again and it is safe to travel, I highly recommend visiting the US and specifically one of the amazing parks we have. I also kindly ask if you have memories from your journeys to one of the National Parks or to any other of the destinations we have featured please upload them to Instagram with your experience and use the hashtag #thewordytraveler so we can share them across our community.
Now more that ever I want to express how thankful I am for your subscription and stress that because of your subscription you are truly helping make the world a better place one book at a time,
Sending you love and support during this time,
Cindy- The Wordy Traveler