One Man's Paradise

Another Day in Paradise

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.”

Edward Abbey


Ed had an uncanny ability to express fundamental truth in words that anybody could understand, if they were only willing to listen. He has written more than just “Desert Solitaire” and “The Monkey Wrench Gang”…

When am I going to find the time to read all these books?

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Into the Wild

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild)


An amazing book and movie, in my opinion, although the life of Chris McCandless, a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp, has been commented to death.

I have visited this place called Round Prairie now many times during this winter and it shows in a different light every time. On this day I was hoping for sun, but I got snowed on instead. Moose and bison like to hang out in this corner of Yellowstone. Only a handful of trees have managed to grow in this meadow that is surrounded by sheer cliffs and towering mountain tops.

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Winter light

“It was the color of someone buying you an ice cream cone for no reason at all.”

Lemony Snicket


Yesterday afternoon I grabbed the snowshoes and poles and hiked out to the Lamar river. The snow was deep. It did not take long and my feet were cold, while my upper body was sweating. I could feel a breeze of cold air in my face. Sunset was still an hour away, so I had time to walk along the frozen edge of the river looking for a suitable foreground. A solitary tree on a hillside across the river piqued my interest.

Sitting on a fallen cottonwood I watched the scenery. There were two coyotes in the distance scampering up the valley. Turning once in a while, making sure I was no thread (or prey?). I imagined the sky turning into a firework of colors. Well, that never happened this evening. Instead, we got winter blues. I had seen those before.

Maybe it was more like someone buying you a warm cup of soup for no reason at all.

[Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, an American writer, musician and journalist.]

 

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Good Morning – № 2

When the temperatures drop into the teens overnight we are waking up to spectacular mornings: Mist in the valley, hoar frost on the trees. Together with bison grazing snow covered meadows and you get the proverbial Yellowstone winter scene.

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“The morning is in itself a miracle, the chance to be able to live life – is the greatest gift we have. The morning is a reminder of that, every day.”

J.R. Rim

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Good Morning – 2018

“If I can’t stay where I am,
and I can’t,
then I will put all that I can into the going.”

Jeanette Winterson


Googling for resolutions, I came up with the above quote. The first day of any year, is a good opportunity to reflect on the past and think about what lies ahead. In fact, any day of the year is an opportunity to that.

I have met a handful of people in past couple of weeks, who have told me coming to Yellowstone was a life-changing event. Some have made the park and its surrounding settings their permanent home. Others come back, as often as possible.

I am taking it all in at the moment: Bitter cold mornings, enjoyable afternoon sunshine, winter storms…

 

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