In My Place

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it." Lyndon Johnson My life revolves around public lands; lands …

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Encounters of the Wild Kind

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! This week we give thanks to Leslie Patten for contributing the following story to Writing the Wild. Leslie lives on the eastern side of Yellowstone National Park in a remote valley that is home to wolves, grizzly bears, cougars and elk. She is the author of The Wild Excellence: Notes from Untamed America. She …

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When Snow Calls….

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ....Wallace Stegner It snowed this week. Dropped everything. Dropped a town run. Dropped cleaning the house. Dropped laundry. Dropped making the bed. When snow calls, I ski. Skis. Boots. Poles. Thrown in the truck, there to …

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Channeling Muir in The Bronx

When you hike a trail you honor the life, the legend, the man, the beard: John Muir himself. "This great Scottish-American conservationist can be considered the father of our National Parks, and founder of the modern environmental movement. More than anything, though, he loved a walk in the woods." So speaks the trail sign on my …

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Yellowstone River: Strength Demands Strength

Wild rivers are earth's renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.               Richard Bangs & Christian Kallen, River Gods Day 3 on the Yellowstone River: The water was cold. Not as cold as I expected, but I didn’t …

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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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