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How do Americans Enjoy Nature?(九年级阅读)  

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       I t’s a great question,and one where there are somecultural differences.Americans love nature,andlook to be outside as often as they can be.Though there is no history of a natural philosophy like Taoism in China,many Americans believe that natural environments can restore and improve health.In contrast to many in Shanghai,they look for opportunities to sunbathe and tan themselves(yes,women too!)and think that people look healthier if their skin is tanned*.
  The most common way that Americans enjoy nature is locally,either in parks or around their homes.They may go jogging to a nearby park,or walk along a river path.Many areas also have botanical gardens for people to learn about flowers,bushes and trees.For those who own houses,lawns and gardens offer a chance for the homeowner to work directly with plants as well.In fact,a front lawn,the body of grass in front of most houses,is expected,and a house without it would sell at a lower price**.
  When Americans have more time,they can go into the much larger state and national parks to enjoy na-ture.In the big nature parks,people can choose how serious they are about experiencing nature.For casual nature enthusiasts,there is day camping,where campers will hike for a single day into a natural area.“Car camping”is another kind for the casual campers,and they will drive to a campsite rather than hike to the campsite,using their car to bring the amenities of home.
  Backpacking is the most involved(复杂的),with the camper bringing everything with them that they need for their trip.The length of the trip,and the distance traveled is determined by the backpacker,who will use a contour map(等高线地形图)to plan their trip.Elevation,where to get water,and when to rest are major concerns for a backpacker,but the rewards of backpacking are worth it.Backpackers can experience forests and waterfalls without many people around,and feel the sense of accomplishment after crossing valleys or climbing mountains.
  The United States has a number of famous national parks,and the three most visited by Chinese tourists are Yosemite(California)with its impressive redwood forests and peaks,Yellowstone(Wyoming)with geysers(间歇泉)and forests,and the Grand Canyon(Arizona),a canyon that hikers can walk into with nearly two billion years of natural history.
  If you would like to know more about national parks,or howAmericans enjoy nature,let me know.Until the next question,Neil
  Have a question?Email me at neweteaches@gmail.comand your question may just be the next Ask Neil!Footnotes:*Sunbathing and tanning is thought to make you look healthy,and there are even“tanning beds”where you can create a false tan without the sun.Few people use them,yet the image of sun-darkened women in California has so influenced some younger people in Japan that they created the“Ganguro”style of cosplay,in which participants try to look like“California Girls.”**One of the most common chores for teenagers is to mow the lawn,and neighbors can put pressure on homeowners for not“keeping up”their lawns.For homeowners,a quick trip to a nursery or home improvement store is all they need to growtheir own garden or lawn.
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