Traveling Inner and Outer Wilderness

From Yandara to Yellowstone, Mexico to Montana, wilderness occupies my heart. With the definition of wilderness as ‘an empty or pathless area or region’, wilderness becomes a metaphor for life. My path through each of life’s stages is uncharted. No trail markers guide my way, though I can see faint trails where others have walked …

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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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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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Blurring the Boundary

I sip my first mug of morning coffee while gazing at a cow elk standing on the other side of my frosted living room window. She stretches her neck toward the prickly limbs of an Engelmann spruce and rises, briefly, on her haunches to reach the lowest branch. She hangs there just long enough to …

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The Joy of Yellowstone Skiing

"As time went by, I also realized that the particular place I’d chosen was less important than the fact that I’d chosen a place and focused my life around it....What makes a place special is the way it buries itself inside the heart,..." Richard Nelson, The Island Within Breath billows in clouds of steam as …

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