I was lucky enough to finally get some time off school for exploring. I decided I would walk to one of the highest rated local "reserves" and have a day of adventure. After walking for nearly an hour along busy streets and rundown buildings I found it. A group of small dogs pulling their owners along greeted me at the entrance. A good start I thought. However my joy was short lived. This reserve was nothing more than a man made stream sandwiched between two thin slices of tree line. The water was slow and stagnant in some areas, with trash caught on the debris that was too heavy to float down. I made my way along the water, hoping to see at least some sign of wildlife. The same birds I see routinely when I walk to class dominated the tree tops. No fish swam in the water below. It all felt empty. I could see the houses of the rich up the slope, running the border of the reserve. Back behind me an expansive highway buzzed with cars. Even though I was discouraged, I pushed on. I climbed up the bank of the stream and walked along a hard concrete trail, further dividing the "reserve". Soon I stood under a large bridge, blotting out the sun and leaving patches of barren soil in its shadows. The diversity of plant and animal species alike was very low, but somehow it was still the most natural thing I've seen in my time here. Once I got used to it, it actually started to seem pretty. The way nature was struggling to overtake the concrete stream basin, it made me think of what it would be like to see the world after we are dead and gone. This place may not be an ideal area, but it was doing its best to hang on and make the most of it. Maybe this place isn't an example of our failed attempt at making something natural, but a beacon of hope, showing that even in bad circumstances and conditions, life goes on and finds a way to survive. Maybe it's not so bad after all.
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