The Love of Wilderness

The Love of Wilderness

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 only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see.
— Edward Abbey

I know from personal experience that I am always hungry for what is beyond my reach when it comes to wilderness. I want to see it all, touch it all with my feet and explore it all with my eyes and my camera. I have traveled all my life and seen the most amazing cities and towns but it is nature and the wilderness that I find the most satisfying.

It doesn’t matter what kind of wilderness it is because all of it is precious, every square acre of it. From grassy plains, sea shores, montane valleys, alpine slopes, marshes, canyons, deserts and forests each one is a paradise. A treasure to be loved and protected.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover February 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    When I was hiking the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks last week, that is just how I felt. My younger companions later remarked how energized I was (for an old man). When I hiked those trails 50 years ago it was much easier but the love of the wilderness remains.

  2. Patty Chadwick February 21, 2015 at 7:38 am


  3. Dave Sparks February 21, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I have traveled to all 7 continents. I wish I had taken the time to see and enjoy more wilderness in some of them.

    • Mia McPherson February 21, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Dave, some times I wish I could have a “do over” for many of the areas I have traveled to so I could take the time to see and enjoy more of the wilderness areas I have seen. Truth be told though I don’t think there is ever enough time to do all the exploring I would love to do.

      • Dave Sparks February 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        Definitely not enough time. If I allow myself 2 or 3 extended (more than a couple of days) a year, I have MUCH difficulty choosing the places to go. So many places I haven’t been, especially in the western regions of the U.S.

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