I listen

I wander out to the forest

Find a nice log to sit on

Plop myself down, face toward the sun, and close my eyes

With eyes closed I listen

The wind moving through the trees

The trees creaking and groaning

The squirrel chattering

The chickadees chanting

The bee buzzing

The crow’s flapping wings as it flies by

The coyote calling to its friends

The silence


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Social Benefits of Wilderness

img_1830“The tendency nowadays to wander in wilderness is delightful to see. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” —naturalist and author, John Muir

I was sifting through papers I’ve collected, throwing some away and pausing to reread other. One such paper I reread was about wilderness. Wilderness and wild places have had a profound impact on me.  So, with the reread I decided it would be worth sharing.

Wilderness – The Importance of Wilderness to Spiritual and Mental Health

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Hammock Camp

I set up my hammock at Ashley Lake and spent the night in a thunder storm. It was very loud and wet with lots of flashing lights.

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