Tag: wildness

Dimensions of Experience

Dimensions of Experience

| September 3, 2017 | 11 Replies

Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. ~John Muir I made fresh tracks for the last ten miles or so of a recently flooded two-track road in a largely anonymous part of the […]

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Endangered Experiences

Endangered Experiences

| March 17, 2017 | 5 Replies

We often express concern for the welfare of future generation, using it (at least partially) as reason to justify ongoing technological progress, larger cities and corporations, more jobs, more roads, more gadgets, more houses, more means of interaction and communication. And yet, we cannot ignore the fact that we are also taking a huge risk on the behalf of future generations, robbing them of both resources and experiences available to us that they may never be able to partake in.

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Art, Existentialism and Freedom

Art, Existentialism and Freedom

| January 14, 2017 | 6 Replies

I found these words in my archive recently. They were originally written a few years ago but never published. At the time I wondered if it would be premature for me to espouse such provocative thoughts. In the years since, my confidence in them has only grown stronger. ~~ To create is likewise to give a […]

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Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest

| September 5, 2016 | 12 Replies

The following article was originally published in On Landscape Magazine. Save a piece of country like that intact, and it does not matter in the slightest that only a few people every year will go into it. That is precisely its value. Roads would be a desecration, crowds would ruin it. ~Wallace Stegner, Wilderness Letter Most […]

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Proud Confessions

Proud Confessions

| March 19, 2014 | 12 Replies

“But the high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.” –Hermann Hesse On a recent workshop one of the participants was surprised to hear me say that in the last couple of years I’m usually only […]

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Vanishing Experiences

Vanishing Experiences

| October 10, 2013 | 14 Replies

Recently I had some business to attend to in Salt Lake City and was able to revisit some of my old haunts in the Wasatch Mountains. Things have changed, some in subtle ways, others more profoundly. In the few years I’ve been away, some of the once-bumpy mountain roads were paved; others were improved for […]

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