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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Slowing Down

“Stuff your eyes with wonder … live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” ― Ray Bradbury The day was breezy and cool, but sunny. I dressed warmly, grabbed my journal supplies and drove into Yellowstone. My goal was …

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Wildlands Winter

"What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself" Mollie Beattie, Director Fish and Wildlife Service 1993-1996 The words of Aldo Leopold come to mind more often these days, particularly his thoughts on some who cannot live without wild things. That someone is me. Wildness and wild things are …

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