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Full-Circle Day

I hear through a sleepy haze: It is 2:30 AM. Beep beep beep. It is 2:30 AM. I press the snooze button on my talking phone alarm two times. The time is now 2:40 AM, and I wiggle myself up from the floor-level bed in the van. Shoes on. Computer and glasses tucked away in…

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Our Turn: Larry, Curly, and Mo

Hey, we were here first. Now, this gray-haired Annie Oakley tries to push us around. No one sent her the memo. We are young bulls taking a summer break from college and gainfully employed as the lawn mowers and picnic table maintenance crew for the campground. In fact, we are under contract with the NFS…

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Yellowstone: One Week Already!

Overall, my first week has been great. The learning curve is steep and, already, I have learned much. Here are a few of the most important lessons so far: Bison are rude Every few days, 3 bull bison wander into my campsite. I call them Larry, Curly, and Mo. They are simply grazing, but they…

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The Upside of Impermanence

The Buddhist world view includes a sense of impermanence, which tells us that everything about life is temporary. Clearly, our state of being alive is temporary. However, impermanence – annica – has greater implications. The Buddha noticed that everything is transient or subject to decline and destruction. Beautiful trees lose their leaves, emotional bonds break,…

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Outdoor Joy

There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation…

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Life in the Wild Kingdom

  Just this morning I was bragging about this easy, low-stress job.Then, a few hours later, one of our campers goes missing. I met him and his wife on my rounds last night. They sleep in a tent, and I estimate their age at around mid-80s. Anyway, they drove up to a trailhead above us…

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Tango’s Turn: Idaho Falls

  J is always talking about how great this trip has been. Yeah, the scenery is beautiful but the long days in the van while she drives get me down after a while. I get cramps sitting in one position so I sleep on my bed in the back and then, when I can’t stand…