3 days, 3 quotes: Day 1…Wild country

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Personal, Quotes, Travel
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One of the things I really love about blogging is that chance to meet people from all over the world.  One of these is Kiwi Su Leslie at Zimmerbitch.  A mutual blogging acquaintance, Leanne (a Kiwi currently in Japan; see what I mean?), invited Su to talk part in the “3 days, 3 quotes” challenge, part of which includes nominating three more bloggers in each post. Su invited me and I’ve accepted the challenge.

The real challenge, though, is that there are “So many quotes, so little time”, or at least so little blogging space and time.  The internet has made it simple to find quotes on any topic you so desire and it’s lots of fun.   If you’re interested in quotes I like, I have a category for “Quotes” on the left side of my blog.  But for today, I’m starting my three days with two quotes that pertain to something I love: the wild openness of nature.

Every summer, with only two exceptions since I was in college, I, or we, have gone to the mountains of Wyoming for anywhere from one to four weeks in the summer.  It’s our time to relax, decompress, and simply enjoy the privilege of not having to do much of anything and being able to empty our minds of the business of everyday and allow thoughts to percolate.  Growing up, our daughters went there every summer of their lives and they still want to go whenever possible.

The way up into the mountains is via an unimproved road where, when you reach the end of the paved road coming from town, a sign warns that you should have four-wheel drive to continue.  We do not, but we’ve always bought our vans with an eye to whether or not they would travel this road well and so far, we haven’t been disappointed.  Every so often, there’s talk of paving this road, something I think and hope most of the people in the area are against.  To open this part of the wilderness to all and sundry vehicles going at whatever speed they could muster, would radically change both the nature of the wilderness itself and the feel a person gets when, after creeping along at 15 mph or so, avoiding washed-out areas, and four-wheelers barreling down the road, the top is finally achieved and civilization finally left behind.  The Edward Abbey quote speaks to what I’m trying to convey here.  We need wilderness.  We need wilderness that’s not accessible with ease.  We need the “wild” part of “wilderness.”


We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
~Wallace Stegner, Wilderness Letter

The view from the top copyright janet m. webb 2013

Most of the formerly primitive road from Blanding west has been improved beyond recognition. All of this, the engineers and politicians and bankers will tell you, makes the region easily accessible to everybody, no matter how fat, feeble or flaccid. That is a lie.

It is a lie. For those who go there now, smooth, comfortable, quick and easy, sliding through slick as grease will never be able to see what we saw. They will never feel what we felt. They will never know what we knew, or understand what we cannot forget.
~Edward Abbey, How It Was

copyright janet m. webb 2013

Now come the difficult part:  nominating three bloggers.  I have the same hesitations as Su expressed.  I don’t want anyone to feel ignored and I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to participate if s/he chooses not to.  So I nominate the following three bloggers today with those caveats firmly in place.  My nominees are:

Charlie at Seattle Trekker, who’s always dropping in and making lovely comments on my blog,

Alleta, in Cape Town, South Africa, the queen of finding weird and wonderful sculptures, and

Judy, at New England Garden and Thread, who’s currently getting her garden, and herself, ready for winter.

If any or all of you choose to accept the challenge, here are the rules:   Share one quote each day for three consecutive days (although I don’t care if you don’t do consecutive days) and nominate three bloggers each day.  Most of all, have fun letting us know about a few quotes that hit you where you live.

  1. Those quotes work so well together! All new to me!
    BTY Have your read or seen Longmire? A wild west mystery series that takes place in Wyoming.

    • Carol, I read (or started) one of the Longmire books because it was from Wyoming, but it didn’t really grab my attention. I do read the C.J.Box Joe Pickett series, which takes place in the Big Horns, though.


  2. Sue says:

    Wonderful scenery, Janet!

  3. leannenz says:

    A great start to your 3 day challenge! I would love to do a big overland trip through the States one day. I am so glad you are taking part. Our big wide world is smaller thanks to the internet and blogging. I love yours and Sue’s blog. Such a small world that she nominated you as I actually did too in my third post. We Kiwis have spectacularly good taste in blogs! I am not sure if it is just me or if I have done something to my settings but recently links and pingbacks don’t seem to be working as well for me. It all seems a bit hit and miss. How are you finding it? Even though you kindly linked me in this post I didn’t get notification. I just spotted it in my reader when I clicked on your post. I am doing another Blogging U course next month so will be able to ask the techies then. Looking forward to quote 2 and 3 posts!

    • Leanne, the only way I found out Su had nominated me was that as I follow her blog, I was there reading that post. I’m behind on posts, so I’m fortunate to have even seen it. I didn’t see your nomination (thanks very much!!) or get a pingback for either. That makes me wonder whether any of the people I nominated will know unless I email them. That’s a bit frustrating. Ahhh, well, so it goes. In the past, I’ve had a few times where I couldn’t get my pingback to work for the Weekly Photo Challenge, which was REALLY annoying, as most people don’t go through the comments. Thankfully, that hasn’t happened for some time.

      Off to get ready for work. Have a wonderful day. As for the trip through the States, I hope you can make it. It’s quite something and an enormous country. I have so many trips I’d like to take, to new or already-visited places, that I’ll never get them all done. But at least I can do some of them virtually now.


  4. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Beautiful images. They make me homesick for Colorado.

    • I always wanted to live in Colorado when I was growing up. But it’s getting a big “overgrown” in many places. It’s a beautiful state, but I love Wyoming just as much.


      • Allan G. Smorra says:

        I rode a motorcycle to Cheyenne once and was amazed at how windy it was when I crossed the state line into Wyoming. It felt like someone turned on a giant fan in the West, blowing East.

      • Just trying to blow everyone out of the state so it doesn’t get too crowded, Allan. 🙂 As we live in the Chicago metropolitan area, I know all about wind, both natural and political.


  5. So beautiful. Love your photos

  6. Just a small thought on that and another thing. I saw your comment on “John”‘s blog about cattle and their ‘dumbness’. And I saw his response and I just had to ask you if you could look at an example of real intelligence in cattle. http://wp.me/p5rgVm-Hi
    I hope you enjoy it and I hope Wyoming is greener than most od Southern Australia is right now.

    • Good morning from the Chicago area, CG. I read your touching story and am ready to retract, at least somewhat, my statement about “dumb” cattle. 🙂 Although I love animals, I often wonder how much is intelligence and how much instinct, but that doesn’t really matter in this context. We weren’t able to get to Wyoming this summer, so I don’t know how green it is, but if you look at my post from yesterday, you can see two photo from a few years ago.


  7. Su Leslie says:

    Thank you so much for taking part Janet (and for your kind words). These quotes and the images work so well together. Su

    • Thanks. Glad you liked them. The “wild” might even be a park or forest preserve in an urban area. Even though not as wild as Abbey would like, those places provide rest and respite for city dwellers and places for animals and birds to thrive. We’re blessed to have many areas like that near us.


      • Su Leslie says:

        Yes; for many of us, we have to take “wild” where we can find it. I’m heartened to see so many little parks and urban gardens thriving in cities, and to know that they are providing a habitat for wildlife. Cheers, Su.

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