"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk then crawl, but do whatever you can to keep moving forward." Thinking of the MLK legacy today and thankful for all the change makers, light bringers and truth seekers out there committing to the grind. #gratitude
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” ~ Aldo Leopold
Too often people are surprised when I tell them I was born in a small town, and smaller dairy farm in Wisconsin. Where they see banality, I see the tremendous beauty in a subtlety that would otherwise be overlooked by mountains, deserts, canyons and waterfalls anywhere else. I didn’t recognize it then, but I grew up in the meadows, forests and sunsets that some of America’s best conservationists philosophized over, surrounded by the people who seemingly live on the land in a way that makes more sense than a lot of places. They were just too tired at the end of the day to talk about it.
Dear Alaska Wilderness, I’ve been reading up on you lately. Some people were convinced that the best way to keep you alive was to stay silent. Or they continued further to prove your fur-ruffed and faceless, frozen breath, hip-deep snow, all-day darkness, doesn’t have purpose in the interstate occupied country. Nothing to see here, the conservationists told the world - best to move along.
Due to recent events, we may need to switch up strategy. On your side, ~ jd
Happiness in its most basic form in the Alaska Range. Run, eat, rest and rising with the sun to repeat. Congratulations @jessie_holmes__ for a record breaking victory in the last Alpine Creek Excursion Sled Dog race.
#standwithbearsears The latest decision to dramatically decrease the borders of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments is not only offensive to the American people, but it is illegal. It is the largest elimination of protected land in American history, and this decision was preformed without tribal consultation of the five indigenous first nation governments that it will most directly impact.
The Arctic Nomads is a group of Inuit mushers from Russia, USA, Canada, Greenland and Denmark brought together almost a year ago, with professionals in the fields of anthropology, history, tourism industry to document, understand and develop the unique culture of Inuit dog sledding. It was about as amazing and complex as it sounds. But we had an icebreaker. All we had to do in the first week was build the traditional sled respective to our region and try to understand what the other was saying. W/@baileyschaeffer@eliolsen
The whole human race evolved in wilderness, and it is part of the human psyche to be involved with and concerned with wild areas, as well as the idea with, what's next? Some will say space. But going to the moon or even being among the shooting stars will never replace this - the essential elements of ourselves left in the evocative places of this Earth. Turning to these guys today for inspiration. These are canine Rangers of Denali, and they will do more for wild places laughing and rolling in the wind snow than many of us.
Motivation Poster Series: Image I. Unfuckwithable - the perfect crucial time and place, a psycho-spiritual state, that creates a favorable atmosphere to act on and feel what matters most to you. Also known as, watch my flow.
I've been thinking a lot about light lately...probably because we are loosing about six minutes of it everyday. According to various indigenous legend, the sun is held at this time of year deep into the ground, resting and journeying underfoot feeding the dark earth with its fire, and nourishing the soils that produce life. Anybody can celebrate and be thankful for light, but it takes someone unique to realize we require darkness to sustain it.