Saturday, May 26, 2012

Back to the Woods

It doesn't take much time in the backcountry to lose touch with the society you chose to escape.  Whether you are on a weekend backpack or a season long expedition the complicated nuances of an egocentric and over engineered society are easy to forget.

One afternoon I went to meet my pal Eric who had just finished leading a month long backpacking course in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.  We had agreed to meet near the Noble and head over to the usual drink on the patio at Gannet Grill.  While the town of Lander, Wyoming presents few pedestrian hazards, he managed, on our short walk, to step directly in front of an oncoming car.  It screamed tire smoke and lurched to a stop while Eric sprinted with high kicks for safety on the other side of the street.  He looked over his shoulder in a relieved kind of way and said, "I need to go back to the woods."

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