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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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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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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