Wallace Stegner and My Geography of Hope

Scouting trails, spring season, hiking, Yellowstone, gratitude, yoga, connections, compassion, national parks…. Words and vague ideas float through my brain as I drink tea, look out the window, watching low clouds lift and fall, revealing then concealing the jagged summit of Electric Peak. I sit with the computer in lap, warming my thighs on this …

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Ruminations on Bristlecone Pines and Wilderness

"I need solitude. I have come forth to this hill...to see the forms of the mountains on the horizon -- to behold and commune with something grander than man."          Henry David Thoreau I love returning to well-loved wild places; Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone are favorites that I revisit often even …

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Stories in the Snow

“A simple act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal may not mean anything to all creatures, but will mean everything to one.”  ― Paul Oxton   Whether I am gliding along a trail for the first or for the hundredth time, skiing in Yellowstone is always unique, always an adventure. We often ski familiar …

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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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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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