Contest Winner: What’s YOUR Greatest Adventure?

August 27, 2008

Congratulations to Graciela Moore, winner of the “What’s YOUR Greatest Adventure?” blog contest.  Her touching presentation about the annual Monarch migration to Mexico and stunning visual photographs that accompanied her story amazed our staff. As the winner, she’ll receive a $300 gift card to REI – to help her pursue that next great adventure.

Here’s how Graciela described her adventure:

My adventure took place in November 2007 in Angangueo, Michoacán, Mexico to visit the over-wintering site of the monarch butterflies. When I was little, my grandmother pulled out a copy of a National Geographic to show me photos of millions of monarchs. I was completely taken by the beautiful orange and black that covered the pages. The images were burned in my memory and I was so impressed that these tiny insects could travel so far. So, I took this trip to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was truly an experience I will never forget!

Since I have been back, I have shared my experience with all those that will listen. I express how impressive it is that this migration takes place within just three generations. I also express how concerned I am for the disappearing over-wintering habitat due to logging and the disappearing milkweed in the U.S. so important for their eggs. With the help of these sanctuaries, I take comfort in knowing that there are people making an effort to protect these spots and educate the public.

Go along on her adventure in Graciela’s winning entry, I Could Hear The Rain. Click here to view her entry.

Graciela, thank you so much for sharing your story with HMNS – and congratulations on being chosen as the winner of our very first blog contest!

Authored By Jamie Glover

“I love my job!” As promotions manager, Jamie throws parties for a living, and she can’t wait to share the fun.

9 responses to “Contest Winner: What’s YOUR Greatest Adventure?”

  1. Monica says:

    What a beautiful story. I feel like I was there. I hope to make that trip to see what you did.

  2. clotilde says:

    Mija, you made me cry. Thank you for sharing such beautiful vivid adventure. WOW!

  3. Ken says:

    Beautifully written mija, I am glad I got to share the adventure with you.

  4. Pam says:

    Beautiful story! Fantastic photos! Thank you for entering and congratulations!

  5. Cas says:

    Oh Graciela, With very few words and beautiful photos, you conveyed a dream that came true which many of the rest of us dream. Thank you for sharing your journey so that we can feel part of the experience too. I am so happy for you and so grateful too for the fine person that you are.

  6. Babu says:

    Well done. Proud of you. I made a class presentation in Spanish about our trip.

  7. Burtie says:

    I could help think how much my dear friend Edith would have loved everything about this.

  8. Linda says:

    Graci, What a beautiful account of your birthday celebration in Mexico. Can’t wait to read about your next adventure.

  9. Susan says:

    Thank you, Graciela! for the preview of what we hope to see next February.

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