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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Six Outdoor Books to Inspire Your Soul

After years of talk, we are finally beginning a few home improvement projects. Many trips to Bozeman are required which takes time away from skiing. When one can’t be out exploring, one can live vicariously through good books. I began this post with the idea of sharing five of my favorite outdoor books but five …

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March.

Phenology: the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life. March is a month of transformation, though it comes in stages. A few days ago, when the sun shown for the first time in a week, the air felt like spring. Black ski pants immediately soaked in the sun, warming …

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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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Mindfully Loving Our Wild Lands

"It is on us--those of us who get 15 likes and those of us who get 15,000--to be conscientious about how and where we share information on the web about wild places."  Abbie Barronien A few days ago, friends and I skied the Tower/Chittenden Loop in Yellowstone National Park. It was a lovely day, cloudy …

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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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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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