The Call of a Dirt Road

What are symbols of progress in a civilization? I think you could make an argument for asphalt. We build paved roads to provide access and open up areas for economic and residential development. Given that asphalt is a marker for progress, why do I love getting off the asphalt and onto a dirt road? I…

Citizen Yellowstone?

There is an interesting movement afoot in the western world trying to grant natural features in our landscape legal status as citizens. I first came across the movement reading an article on OutsideOnline. New Zealand has granted one of its national parks, Te Urewera, status as a citizen of the state through the Te Urewera…

The Road Never Travelled

My father and I went fishing and camping this weekend. Really, we just went camping because it would be a stretch to call what we accomplished “fishing.” It was raining the second morning so we got a late start. We ate breakfast and took our time breaking camp. By the time we were done packing…

The Apathy of Civilized People

“As we sat by the camp-fire the brightness of the sky brought on a long talk with the Indians about the stars; and their eager, childlike attention was refreshing to see as compared with the decent, deathlike apathy of weary civilized people, in whom natural curiosity has been quenched in toil and care and poor…

Ode to a Subaru

Does the car you drive define you? I doubt that is true in all cases, but one’s vehicle of choice can often reveal a number of things. A vehicle could expose the driver’s socio-economic status (though not always). A vehicle can also reveal our hobbies. Oddly enough, some people develop emotional attachments to their cars…