The Milky Way arched overhead, a brilliant ribbon of light and wonder that makes you feel small and contemplate what’s out there orbiting around the millions of stars. Is there other life as we know it hidden among the pin pricks of light? Will we ever find it? Standing on the beach gazing up, I felt like humanity is clinging to a tiny island in the midst of a vast and limitless sea. Another oasis of air, water, life-nurturing temperatures– precious things– may or may not exist out there somewhere. Regardless, we better take care of this blue marble we call home, because it’s the only home we have. Protecting places like the Boundary Waters play an important role in caring for our planet.