“He who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity's sunrise.”
William Blake ~ English visionary, mystic, poet, painter and engraver (1757-1827)
Photograph by Roger Nordstrom...
In 1978 Rick Ridgeway was on the first American team to reach the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. After a long career as a professional adventurer Ridgeway is now vice president of environmental initiatives at the outdoor clothing company Patagonia. Today he’s devoting his life to the preservation of wildlife corridors across North America. Working with a coalition of environmental protection groups and major corporations Ridgeway is helping to establish and maintain clear pathways that allow animal species to travel freely from one habitat to another. Called Freedom To Roam this program aims to raise awareness for the importance of wildlife protection by telling the stories of the animals themselves.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="322"] M3's Route to the summit of Mount Cleveland[/caption]
Like humans animals have the same inherent need to move from place to place. Species such as caribou, wolves, elk and mountain lions traverse the landscape traveling hundreds of miles between grounds used for breading, hunting or grazing. And in some cases just like humans, to simply live out their lives in the joyful pursuit of happiness. But in our rush to develop and civilize the natural world human beings are disrupting wildlife corridors through which these animals pass from one habitat to the next. And in the process we’re putting at risk our own future on the planet. In this edition of the Joy Trip Project environmental activist Rick Ridgeway shares the story behind his work to protect these passageways while defending our Freedom to Roam.
“A hug is the perfect gift; one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.”
As we head to the holiday shopping season on this Black Friday, please let's keep in perspective what truly matters. Go ahead and shop, support the economy. Keep us on the road to economic recovery. But don't just spend. Make investments in products and services that bring joy to your life and the lives of others. Realize that the most meaningful gifts need not necessarily be purchased but simply given.
Photograph by James...
This video came across my desk this morning. Here is another wonderful example of modern media that would be hilarious if not for its painfully tragic truth.
Blair Underwood does an amazing job of illustrating a social phenomenon that I've experience through much of my personal and professional life. Anyone who spends time recreating outdoors will likely notice the conspicuous absences of minorities, blacks, Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders take your pick. People of color are seldom seen hiking, climbing, skiing, bird watching, whatever. The reasons why are numerous, but...
“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.”
Erich Fromm ~ German born American social philosopher and psychoanalyst (1900 –1980)
Photograph by Chris Gibbs...
“Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast, a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests and encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the...