Three Weeks in the Future

Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown. The river is calling and I must go. A parody of the famous John Muir quote flows off my typing fingers as I contemplate the next three weeks of my life. The plan: to kayak approximately 500 miles of the Yellowstone River from Livingston, …

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A Boot-ist Meditation

Alone at the table I sit, pen-in-hand, remembering. I'm writing a eulogy. For my boots. They were my best, most rugged pair of fire boots: Danners, with thick rubber soles and knowing, thorned-in scratches. Victims of a brutal crime: an unannounced cleaning spree at my parents' house. It is a eulogy, also, to the migratory …

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There Is A Mountain

“The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences.” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild There is a mountain in Yellowstone called Everts. Well, actually it is more of a ridge, but it’s named as a mountain. Today there is no formal trail over Mt. Everts, though old maps show the past existence of a trail. The …

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The Nature Shelf

It all started with a sycamore ball...then an acorn, an oak leaf turning, a wisp of goldenrod. Just one or two small treasures at a time, laid out on a porcelain tray on a bookshelf near the old cord phone. I was living in Washington, D.C., apartment-sharing near Capitol Hill with a woman in her …

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Yellowstone through New Eyes

'"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."        --Will Durant    The first week of August, I was fortunate enough to get into a Yellowstone Forever field seminar taught by Lisa Morgan, volcanologist/geologist extraordinaire. Lisa has just retired from the USGS, and has an impressive resume of volcanic research, with …

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Agents of Change

A fellow wildlife biologist once told me that if you don’t write it down, it’s like it never happened. Throughout my career I have filled dozens of notebooks detailing my observations of all things wild. I’ve transcribed those notes onto data sheets, which I then entered into databases. Those databases were ultimately backed up on …

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