July in Yellowstone and the Beartooths

Refuse to accept the belief that your professional relevance, career success or financial security turns on the next update on the latest technology. Sometimes it's good to put the paddle down and just let the canoe glide.                              Simon Mainwaring lJuly 2017: …

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Cutting through Time 2

“Fire’s the sun, unwindin’ itself out o’ the wood.”  ― David Mitchell, Black Swan GreenSurviving winter in Montana means keeping warm, and warming our home. Wearing layers will do it. Turning up the heat will do it. Feeding the wood stove will do it. We choose to limit the thermostat but keep the wood stove burning while …

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A Few Days in the North Cascades

“Here are bits of eternity, which have a preciousness beyond all accounting." - Harvey Broome Co-founder, The Wilderness Society June in the North Cascades, Washington. Why not? Teresa, my friend in adventures, was the main attraction, but the impetus for the trip was to take a watercolor class at the North Cascades Institute with Michele …

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The Beauty of Gratitude

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein Spring has arrived in Yellowstone. Finally. Winter was great and skiing the best but, come March, I am ready for sun and warmth. This year, spring hesitated …

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Walking a Trail of Ancients

Twelve hours of driving got me to the Horseshoe Canyon District of Canyonlands National Park. I exited the truck feeling a bit shell-shocked after 2 hours of dusty back road driving following three intense weeks of teaching and little sleep. The beauty of the Canyon calmed my nerves as I hugged Teresa. Ah, I had …

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Wolf Memories

  I've always said that the best wolf habitat resides in the human heart. You have to leave a little space for them to live. Ed Bangs It was a warm day in July, perhaps 2004 or 2005. The sky was clear, winds light. A perfect day to hike, and a perfect day to scout …

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The Month of Public Lands

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself."         …

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