I am an explorer. I need not imagine what it must have been like to be Magellan, Cabrillo or Drake. When I visit Fort Bragg and Mendocino for the first time, it is my discovery, and I am filled with wonder anew at the beauty of the California coast.
One difference between me and the first European explorers and settlers of America is that I have no instinct or desire to claim or possess it. Other inhabitants were here, are here. It would never occur to me to take it or to steal treasure.
I feel gratitude for the gift and opportunity to witness the natural landscape for myself. I tread lightly in order to leave a small footprint as undetectable as possible. I wish nature to remain in the care of Mother Nature, for I cannot improve upon it. I am far from perfect, but the Earth and the Universe are perfect.