Over the last few centuries, there have been many reported sightings of a large, hairy, bipedal creature walking through the wilderness. Some of these sightings have been caught on film or camera. Undoubtedly, one of the most famous is the Patterson-Gimlin film that was shot in Northern California in 1967. There have been Bigfoot (aka Yeti and Sasquatch) sightings all over the world with the exception of Antarctica. There have been documentaries and movies about Bigfoot and there is even a television series that follows the adventures of a team of people who are determined to prove the existence of Bigfoot.
Poets have written about forests and trees for centuries. From Joyce Kilmer's, "I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree," to Henry David Thoreau's, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
Traditional tires pose a number of serious environmental concerns that aren't always mitigated by proper disposal. In the United States alone, more than 170 million tires are manufactured, each one requiring 7 gallons of oil to produce. That's almost 2 billion gallons of oil needed every year, the same amount required to drive a 25 MPG car to the planet Mercury.
In August, we cheered on the city of Seattle for banning single-use plastic straws in its city limits. Plastic straws are not just unnecessary, but they contribute to climate change and can badly harm ocean life. With more than 500 million plastic straws used in the United States daily, Seattle represents only a drop in the bucket. But it's the first drop in a bucket we hope to see filled to the top.
Living the city life can be so exhausting. There's constant noise, people everywhere, and frankly, it's a lot of work. That's what makes country getaways so splendid. Whether it's on top of a mountain, on the beach, or in the woods, returning to nature is a spiritually cleansing thing. So when I saw this unusual tiny home, I knew I had to write about it.
I remember back in middle school Geography class how daunting of a task it was to memorize all the countries around the world. Well, I've been out of middle school for a few years (don't ask how long because I won't tell you) and it never ceases to amaze me how different the world is now than it was back then. Even if you are in your teens or early twenties, you may not have heard of some of the secret countries on this list. With that being said, below are 5 countries you've probably never heard about: