“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot”
I have used this quote before on this blog but the more time I spend outside for my job, graduate work, and leisure the more I have come to appreciate the full meaning of this. I have been fortunate enough to spend the past 2-3 years in wild places where wilderness is still present as well as a suite of wild animals. Sadly, these kind of places are continuously being compromised for a variety of reasons, and across much of the world these places have simply disappeared – and with them a wildness that only leaves us poorer in many facets. However, as Leopold states there are some who can live with this and some who cannot. I am one who cannot. There is something about the woods, the wind, and the water that is irreplaceably valuable to me on a personal level. It is hard to describe succinctly. Perhaps John Denver says it best in Wild Montana Skies stating, “There was something in the city that he said he couldn’t breathe, and there was something in the country that he said he couldn’t leave”.