by Harriet Greene
Harriet Greene, graduate of McGill University in physiotherapy, moved to the US in 1970; hiked the Long Trail in the Green Mountains of Vermont and Mount Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; a trip West convinced her to move to the Rockies where she fell in love with the Grand Tetons and Wind River Range. She found a small log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and settled in for twenty years. As an avid hiker, backpacker, author, stone sculptor and marble stonecut printmaker, she feels most comfortable in the alpine with a backpack, lost in some deep remote canyon with her youngest daughter. She has published six books, her latest, “Crossing the Boundary: A Return to the Wilderness and Freedom.”
Thank you for your beautiful reminder how important it is to experience the wonder of our natural world and forgo our materialistic stuff which only give us temporary and fleeting comfort. I applaud you for taking the risk to enjoy the wonders of the wilderness and it's an inspiration for me to do the same.
Hi Linny Rhine,
Thank you for your comment. I do love hearing from people who feel that wilderness is so necessary in our lives.
I am reminded of the distillation of a moment, in this article. To hear the voice of another's experience navigate her/his soul in the wild, is about as close as it gets to connection with each other. And in that recognition is kinship. And in that kinship is a desire to go deeper and be who we truly want to be.
The wilds do that. Being out there untethered, without "stuff", eating little, moving a lot, exposed to the elements, to natural beauty, to our own thoughts and then to the dismissal of everything except the sound of our own breath getting up the next hill . . . it is luck and determination to pack the pack and get out of the house and into the hills. And then to write about it so I feel the detachment of society and the embrace of nature, is yet another step. Thank you Harriet for letting me in to the beauty.
Thank you for your comment. I love to hear somebody talk about wilderness. Especially so soon after a backpack trip into the mountains of northern California and hiking 136 miles in 10 days.
Glad I saved this Wilderness Watch email! Quite a thought provoking read. Thanks. Now I have to read your book.
Hi Beverly Minn,
Thank you for your comment. If you do read my book I would love to hear from you.
With my sincere thanks...always>>>
FOR A KIND, SAFE, HEALTHY and J U S T WORLD>>>
EACH and EVERY ONE OF US...is RESPONSIBLE>>>
The most DESTRUCTIVE force of nature is...HUMAN NATURE...because it can choose>>>
WIthout REVERENCE for ALL LIFE and ALL THAT GIVES LIFE there can be no PEACE...only pain, suffering, misery, fear and death>>>
OUR M O R A L progress has always depended on and will be judged by how WE treat ALL LIFE and ALL THAT GIVES LIFE...TRAGICALLY...WE HAVEN'T PROGRESSED...yet>>>
Harriet great article, the jets, they all must have been flying low to get your attention not good in wilderness you must have been under a flight path. By the way I would love to read your books
Hi Steve Hylton,
Thank you for your comment. The jets weren't actually flying low, nor were they on the same flight path. It was very disturbing.
If you do happen to read my book I would love to hear from you.
"....... the birds actually make music, the wind soothed a troubled brow, the sun warmed us, the moon moved our emotions......... Nature provides all if you’re willing to take a risk. Many here might find it odd that a lifer from bustling overpopulated Long Island could ever feel this close to the non-human aspects of living. But two days ago, I sunk all of my knowledge and persuasiveness as a municipal planner into an appeal to convince the Oyster Bay Town Board to call on Jeff Bezos' reps-if not Bezos directly-to downsize yet another massive depot on Long Island, this time paving over 50+ acres. Naturally, I lost.
Not many years from now I will retire and if my health is still intact hopefully exit this overpriced co-op on this now miserable Island. But if I fail to buy or build my retirement home upstate, Plan B is one of the western states, most of which have long thrilled me with their vast expanses of natural beauty. Since my one time out there in a Denver asthmatic research hospital as a boy for 13 months, much of that has changed radically and with it huge drops in affordability in the booming economies of CO, UT, ID, NV, Northern AZ, et al. Worst of all, is my endless fear of wildfires which now thanks to 8.8 billion human-driven climate change more than doubles the risk almost anywhere west of AK and the Dakotas. I guess I just don't have the courage of people like Harriet. And yes, I really do live for my stuff; BIG home theater enthusiast. So I watch reruns of Longmire and Robert Redford produced Tony Hillerman movies.
Though the lava fields of Los Lunas, NM does reflect the usually lower force earthquakes that happen every several years within ~ 50 miles of that town, LL sits in what’s called the Albuquerque basin-putting it quite far from fire prone tree lined mountains. Could this be my place?
Hi Gregory Battaglia,
Thank you for your comment. I lived in the great state of NM for about 10 years not so long ago. The light is remarkable, the mixed cultures, a relief, and the grand landscapes, outstanding. I too live for my stuff - the wilderness! And film! My husband Marty is a film director, has written and produced his own independent movies. Film is such an important part of our lives.
Why not take a trip to LL and see how you feel? You'll know immediately if this is your place!
I have read this truly beautiful post about Wind River Range, Bridger Wilderness, Pinedale , Wyoming
from what I have seen on the photos, it looks like truly beautiful country up there in the Rocky mountains.
I spend time outdoors. I particularly like the Ozarks (Arkansas and Missouri) and Big Bend in Texas. I also like scuba diving or snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico. Age and COVID-19 are now the limiting factors. Go out, engage, and enjoy!