Posts tagged "Wilderness"

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
I stepped up to the edge of Lake Michigan today and the phrase “standing on the edge of wildness” came to mind. I pondered that. Is Lake Michigan wild? Today, my pilgrimage took me on a northern route. I was on my way to a meeting at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher center to listen... Read more »

Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude

Over the River and Through the Wood: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage and Gratitude
As I make my Thanksgiving trek – over the river and through the wood (such as it is), I’m thinking about pilgrimage and gratitude. I think about the idealism of that song, the aspirations we hold in our hearts as we plan our gatherings. And I think about courage in the face of adversity. Thanksgiving,... Read more »

Visiting Paradise: Reflections on a Place and its Name

The 1915 Inn at Paradise, Washington. According to a National Historic Architecture study, this Inn, like Yellowstone's Old Faithful Inn and others, were experiments in architectural design. Local natural materials were used, with the goal of blending hotel architecture with the grandiose wilderness setting. 
(Photo credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WA-223-1)
What’s in a place name, and how frequently does it actually relate to the place? Sometimes geographers look at place names to learn something about a region’s topography. For example, in southwest Wisconsin’s driftless area, you come across names like “coulee” and “hollow” a lot more frequently than in other parts of the state. My... Read more »
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A Short History of America

A Short History of America
In honor of the 4th of July, I offer this, from the great cartoonist R. Crumb. Crumb drew “A Short History of America” in 1979. It shows an urban landscape gradually obliterating a single wilderness scene. Later, Crumb added three possible scenarios to the question posed in the final panel: “What Next?”. He drew a... Read more »

Wilderness, the Frontier and the Chicago Marijuana law

Wilderness, the Frontier and the Chicago Marijuana law
I’m researching a trip into the wilderness for some R&R soon, and I came across a headline on a National Park website about staying safe from bears and marijuana. Intrigued and slightly bemused, I clicked on the marijuana warning. I figured I’d find a ‘Reefer Madness‘ sort of imagined terror. Instead, the warning raised a... Read more »