When we left on our big Wyoming trip in early July it was funny that we drove about five hundred miles before even getting out of Nebraska. The state is simply that long. But then I noticed something else the next day--we drove over six hundred and fifty miles before we exited the Platte River watershed.
Back in Lent our church's worship focused on the spiritual practices we all need during this season of climate change of one of them was being more aware of our watershed and paying attention to it. The idea that we passed Casper, Wyoming before we got out of the watershed was startling to think about.
But then we were standing on Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park. This bridge is near the beginning of the Yellowstone River shortly after it exits the lake and begins its beautiful, meandering flow northwards. And my seven-year-old son asked the question, "Where is all this water going?"
And I realized the answer and said, "Well, eventually, after traveling a long distance, it will actually go past our house in Omaha because this river ends up in the Missouri River." He seemed rather excited by this answer.
And isn't it startling? To be many hundreds of miles from home, three days of travel, in a landscape so unlike our own, standing over water that is part of the system from which we drink and cook and clean while back at home.