Wild.

April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

“People need wild places. Whether or not we think we do, we do. We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it. We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers. To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place. It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd. It reminds us why, in those cases in which our plans might influence many future generations, we ought to choose carefully. Looking out on a clean plank of planet earth, we can get shaken right down to the bone by the bronze-eyed possibility of lives that are not our own.” – Barbara Kingsolver

 

 

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Supai AZ

Supai AZ

http://the-wanderling.com/supai.html

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“As long as I kept moving, my grief streamed out behind me like a swimmer’s long hair in water. I knew the weight was there but it didn’t touch me. Only when I stopped did the slick, dark stuff of it come floating around my face, catching my arms and throat till I began to drown. So I just didn’t stop.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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potholes in Supai Esplanade formation

potholes in Supai Esplanade formation

http://bmerrow.blogspot.com/2011/01/2009-day-1-lees-ferry-to-rider-camp-rm.html

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“The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Supai

Supai

http://stevelummer.com/2011/09/19/20-water-crossings/

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“What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Supai Tunnel

Supai Tunnel

http://www.harryhiker.com/gc/html/03.htm

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“Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job…And onward full-tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another–that is surely the basic instinct…Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Supai Group cross beds and desert varnish

Supai Group cross beds and desert varnish

Location: Bright Angel trail- Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

http://www.geol.umd.edu/~jmerck/nature/landscapes/htmls/supai.html

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“God doesn’t need to punish us. He just grants us a long enough life to punish ourselves.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Supai

Supai

http://jedc4xer.blogspot.com/2011/06/enfilade-point-route.html

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Wide shot Supai

Wide shot Supai

http://www.nj.com/obrien-breast-cancer/index.ssf/2009/06/what_im_taking_to_the_hospital.html

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“Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.” –   Barbara Kingsolver

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