11 comments on “Exile: How I Came To Love Wilderness

  1. Bubba, I really appreciate your ability to live somewhere like Mt Shasta and still appreciate somewhere like Oklahoma. It’s a gift, and it’s an inspiration to me when I’m tempted to get snobbish about landscapes.

    • It is funny you say that. My wife and I have an ongoing gag about how she is a “Sierra snob”. She likes Mount Shasta fine, given that it is a solitary mountain, but anything else just “isn’t the Sierra”. I used to be that way before 4 years in Dallas. Now, just about anything will get my interest. I appreciate your recognizing that.

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  3. I agree with all you say, especially that Lonesome Dove was a truly great book and the movie was probably the best western ever. I read the book before the movie had come out. I’ve never spent time in Texas, but I can imagine the quandary. You did very well to “love the one you’re with”.

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  5. If you like wilderness you should check out Idaho. Some large wilderness areas: Selway-Bitteroot and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The best way to describe these areas is that they are vast, contain may high mountain lakes and deep canyons with countless clear water streams.

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  7. Hi Bubba, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this essay. Having grown up in the Bay Area it took me some time to appreciate the wildlands of our country. It was a long journey. Now, I look at any landscape no matter how urbanized or consigned to agriculture and imagine it in its native state. Living now in the Gunnison Country I think about people like Captain Gunnison, the pathfinder Fremont and Ol’ Bill Williams, who came through here on his travels to and fro. Visiting the Wind River Range brings out the recollections especially of the Mountain Men and First Peoples. Those spirits of the past I find especially resonant there. I’m not sure why, but its almost palpable to me. I’ve been to all fifty states and have come to realize that special and wild lands exist in all of them!

    • I appreciate your saying this Tom. That was the first blog post I wrote and I was very unsure of myself. I am glad it resonated too. There really is a connection to the past through the wilderness and I think that that is a feature that is largely unaddressed.

      I love your neck of the woods too. I have been on some great trips down in the San Juans and the West Elks. I really miss those days…

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