It’s a craving like none other when you crave for the wilderness. It’s a deep and powerful yearning that is always in the back of your mind. Almost like an invisible magnet is tugging at you and all you would have to do is lift up your heels and you’d be transported there immediately. If only it was that easy.
The problem with having the wilderness in your backyard is the constant beckoning of the woods and water. Maybe it wouldn’t be a problem if you didn’t have kids, a spouse, responsibilities or a job. I think about Dorothy Molter, Benny Ambrose and other folks like them who embraced the BWCA wilderness like a big bear hug. They lived in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness so what did they crave?
Ice cream? Fresh fruit? Hot pizza? Movie popcorn? These are things I might crave if I lived in the wilderness but I think I would manage without them. I would also do fine without the sound of vehicles, dogs barking and telephones ringing. Think about how nice it would be. Or does the wilderness only call some people?
It’s that call of the wilderness that is difficult for me to ignore. I need time in the wilderness to recharge. Nothing works like a walk in the woods, a paddle on a lake or a night beneath the stars.
Do you hear it? Are you going to answer it?
I hope so!