I Love Wild Places

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    Ranch Creek

    I worked all night the night before. I had to work all night this night. It was about two in the afternoon and I hadn't slept. I was tired, anxious, worried that the plan would not come together. I needed to rest so I could be sharp. As I explored the area I would be working...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    Sep 5, 2010

    Mandera Wash

    I hiked Mandera Wash yesterday. It was a hot windy day for September.  The breeze felt good as my perspiration evaported.  The warmth from the sun reminded me of the summer just past. Mandera wash begins high on a steep mountain side and runs for miles south to...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    Nov 10, 2010

    Jake's Knoll

    I arrived about an hour early. Negotiating narrow gravel roads and snowdrifts in the dark.  My headlights magnified by a billion snowflakes, each one in it's perfect place, resting on the ground and each other.  Like a lighted pathway through a wilderness rife with...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    1 Response Aug 25, 2009

    Wild Places To Me

    Wild places are to me: Places where God calls all the shots. Sanctuaries for peace. Dynamic harmony in perfect balance. Places where noises and action and even violence don't detract from the stillness. I have been to some wild places. I am restored when I am there. I feel...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    Sep 4, 2010

    The Colorado

    Once I went to the place where the river meets the reservoir. The constant, incessant rumble of the water as it moved earth and rock ever west was soothing to me. I walked up the river about a mile after dinner. It was July or August and it was hot. The river was resting...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    Sep 6, 2010

    Long Canyon

    I walk the edge of a canyon on the east ridge.  I am not lost but this ridge is sandy and each step pulls at my calves.The hillside below me is steep, nearly vertical, and lined with layer after layer of ledge.  I am looking for a way down to the dry stream bed below me.  To...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    1 Response Mar 10, 2012

    Why I Love Wild Life?

     Why some  of  us  ( me  too) are  so  fond  of wild  places?The  answer  is  simple  . because  I  love  it  . however there  are good reasons   for liking  wild  places  they  give me  peace   of  mind  at  the  very  first place  and  secondly...
    shap36 shap36
    41-45, M
    Dec 11, 2011

    Magical Spring

     It's a pipe protruding from a steep hillside horizontally.  A trickle of water flows steadily from the pipe, the stream about half as big around as a pencil, splashing cheerfully in the pool a foot and a half below. On a calm day, the sound is steady, smooth and...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    3 Responses May 5, 2009

    Bumblebee

    I walked Bumblebee Mountain.From its highest point to my home.A good trail for the first mile.  Well worn by the deer and the people that share this part.  Two beautiful ponds reflecting the afternoon sky, still.Then I dropped from the top.  A canyon choked with oak.  I...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    Jun 12, 2012

    Sea Of Sage

    When I am here and free to be present to it, I think of this place as a sea of sage. As far as I can see, the gray green color extends in rolling waves with troughs between. The waves are frozen and sturdy and alive. Today, the wind was calm, a cool November morning. Late...
    WholeMan WholeMan
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Nov 15, 2010
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