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Camping Out

“It is a kind of life that has a potent charm for all men, whether city or country-bred.  We are descended from desert-lounging Arabs, and countless ages of growth toward perfect civilization have failed to root out of us the nomadic instinct.  We all confess to a gratified thrill at the thought of ‘camping out.”

– Mark Twain in Roughing It

“If there is any life that is happier than the life we led on our timber ranch for the next two or three weeks, it must be a sort of life which I have not read of in books or experienced in person.  We did not see a human being but ourselves during the time, or hear any sounds but those that were made by the wind and the waves, the sighing of the pines, and now and then the far-off thunder of an avalanche.  The forest about us was dense and cool, the sky above us was cloudless and brilliant with sunshine, the broad lake before us was glassy and clear, or rippled and breezy, or black and storm-tossed, according to Nature’s mood; and its circling border of mountain domes, clothed with forests, scarred with land-slides, cloven by canyons and valleys, and helmeted with glittering snow, fitly framed and finished the noble picture.  The view was always fascinating, bewitching, entrancing.  The eye was never tired of gazing, night or day, in calm or storm;  it suffered but one grief, and that was that it could not look always, but must close sometimes in sleep.”

– Mark Twain in Roughing It, describing his time as an Easterner camping out on the shores of Lake Tahoe over 100 years ago.

 

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Here’s a cool little video essay done by Edward Abbey back in the 80’s.  He was a one-of-a-kind who had a special talent for putting the reader in the environment and seeing things from his perspective.  Sometimes a story is best told with as few words as possible.

Essay by Edward Abbey “I Loved it…I Loved it All” from Ned Judge on Vimeo.

I found this video on a great new blog I added to my blogroll:  Trail Potato!

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