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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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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July in Yellowstone and the Beartooths

Refuse to accept the belief that your professional relevance, career success or financial security turns on the next update on the latest technology. Sometimes it's good to put the paddle down and just let the canoe glide.                              Simon Mainwaring lJuly 2017: …

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