Run The Rivers, Ramble Out Yonder, Explore

Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast . . . a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic.
Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over those desk-bound men with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators.I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.

Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

This weekend my wonderful sister-in-law invited the whole family to Glenwood Springs for the weekend. We spent hours soaking in the largest hot springs mineral pool in the country,my husband and I biked 16 miles on a tandem bike along the glorious Colorado and yesterday we did a half-day river trip. And I forgot my camera! I bought a disposal one so the pictures will have to wait but the beauty of this part of the country is enough for me to write my own environmental manifesto.

Today, in the style of Edward Abbey what environmental message could you write about? Pick a part of the country you care deeply about or a cause you support and write a one page passionate plea to save this for the next generation. Now get back to work!

Lovingly and much more relaxed,
The Writing and Rambling River Nag

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One Reply to “Run The Rivers, Ramble Out Yonder, Explore”

  1. This reminds me of one of my favorite books – “The Anthropology of Turquoise: Meditations on Landscape, Art, and Spirit” by Ellen Meloy.
    Her talent and insight are astounding. Sadly, she died in 2004, but she’ll live forever through her words.

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