Monday, June 6, 2016

Voices From The Wilderness

Annie Dillard

“I am a frayed and nibbled
 survivor in a fallen world, 
and I am getting along...

Tinker Creek, Virginia

...I am aging and eaten and have done
 my share of eating too.
 I am not washed and beautiful,
 in control of a shining world
 in which everything fits,
 but instead am wondering awed
 about on a splintered wreck I've come to care for, 
whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, 
whose bloodied and scarred creatures 
are my dearest companions, 
and whose beauty bats and shines
 not in its imperfections
 but overwhelmingly in spite of them...” 
-Annie Dillard

 Walden Pond
Concord, Massachusetts

“Be yourself- 
not your idea of what
 you think somebody else's idea 
of yourself should be."

Henry David Thoreau

“What lies behind us 
and what lies ahead of us
 are tiny matters 
compared to what lives within us.” 
Henry David Thoreau 

Eleanor Pruitt Steward

 “To me, homesteading is the solution
 to all of poverty's problems,
 but I realize that temperament
 has much to do with success 
in any undertaking,
 and persons afraid of coyotes
 and work and loneliness
 had better let ranching alone.
 At the same time,
 any woman who
 can stand her own company,
 can see the beauty of a sunset,
 loves growing things
 and is willing to put in
 as much time at careful labor
 as she does over the washtub, 
will certainly succeed;
 will have independence,
 plenty to eat all the time,
 and a home of her own in the end.” 
-Eleanor Pruitt Steward 

 A Herd Of Wild Horses
Sweetwater County, Wyoming 

"Fried potatoes, onions and fish. 
You can't beat that!"
-Dick Proenneke
Alone In The Wilderness

Richard Proenneke

  Richard L. Proenneke National Historic Site
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

“If I'd been afraid
  I never would have started out
 in the first place." 
-Emma Gatewood

Grandma Emma Gatewood
At age 67, she was the first woman to hike the 2,168 mile
Appalachian Trail, solo, from Georgia to Maine, in 1955.

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