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Fall is coming…

I woke to feel the cool of the air that filled our bedroom from the open window.  The temperature — a brisk 46 degrees.  The patter of rain on the skylight made me feel all snug in my bed.  I found it difficult to roust myself from the warmth of…

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What is wilderness?

As I walked down the trail, I glimpse the sign in the distance.  Weathered, the light brown color fading, it marks a special boundary.  Indian Peaks Wilderness.  While this sign in simple terms means relatively little, in larger terms wilderness symbolizes so much more.  Particularly in the world we live…

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Bears Forever Wild

Weary from the day’s backpack, after setting up my tent, I popped open the lid on the bear canister and wandered over to a rock to plop down.  I needed a moment to rest my aching back before pulling out my food and beginning the dinner routine.  With the sun…

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The remarkably resilient Aspen

Among the blackened trees, a lot of green is popping up from the ground.  Green grass, green wildflowers, and yes, even green trees.  Green sprouts right from the base of the blackened trunks, bursting with shimmering leaves. The bulk of the green are aspen suckers sprouting right from the base…

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