A friend and fellow L.O.T.W. (that's Lover of the Wild for my acronym challenged readers) posted this on her blog, and I loved the reminder to all of us who love the wild - revelling in it, playing in it, and staying alive because of it - to "get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the Griz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate that precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious, awesome space." Thank you Whit, and Edward Abbey...now I'm headed outside.
Photo credit: Nathaniel Wilder http://www.ngwphotography.com/
I recently finished reading A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird. It is a firsthand account of a middle-aged English lady traveling alone by horseback in the autumn and winter of 1873. Widely travelled, she found Estes Park "surely one of the most entrancing spots on earth" and "no region for tourists or women" -- how things have changed! She made her way to the top of Longs Peak (only 5 years after it had first been climbed) with a one-eyed desperado named Mountain Jim as her guide. She rode her borrowed horse up and down the St Vrain from Longmont during a ferocious storm and stayed in an Estes Park log cabin without chinking (can you hear the wind howling through those logs?), awakening to a fresh covering of fine snow. Her keen observations of the people she encountered and the "wild west" Colorado mountain lifestyle of another era make the book a good read for modern day armchair adventurers familiar with Estes Park and the surrounding terrain.
You can find this book on Amazon.com.