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  1. I like your poem Hobie. Especially the way each line gets shorter. Profound irony man! 🙂 Great job!

  2. Thanks, Hobie. This poem is.. perfect. I have read it silently and aloud a few times. What great cadence. Nicely done.

  3. isn’t it amazing how a chance/off the cuff remark can change people’s lives? we have more power than we realize with our words.

    • Thank you, Julianne. We absolutely do have more power than we realize with our own words, and I think that the key is that they are our own words, words we have come to own that we’re not afraid to put out there, words that are measured, yet that come from the heart, compassionately and passionately . We all have something important to speak up for and about. Rumi had it right a long time ago when he said that “Wherever you stand, be the soul for that place”.

      That’s the cool thing about huge wild places like Yellowstone. I continue to revisit topics that I think I have completely made my mind up about, yet as new information and insights trickle in, I am continually challenged to revisit these opinions with an open mind (read one of the responses to “Arctic Loss” and my own reply and you’ll see what I am talking about).

      Your thoughts, comments and musings are always welcome, so I hope you’ll continue posting future replies here!

      Happy belated 137th birthday to Yellowstone yesterday, and take care…

  4. I like the interior rhyme (lights/nights, bears/hares, etc).
    I dare say our ties to the land are also lost in increments each time a new rule removes an access to the land. We (all humans) are part of the natural world— as integral as any other cog in the great wheel. Every beaver must build its dam.

    • Hi Carol,

      I am glad that you point this out. We impact the landscape even when we postpone or don’t make any decisions that might leave the land in better shape for those who come after us. We impact it when we believe we are powerless, when we think things are too difficult to change or are incapable of changing, when we put restrictions on the land to protect something, while preventing other things from happening. We impact it when trying to influence one variable in nature while neglecting or ignoring all the other variables to be taken into account. We impact it trying to limit or reverse any future damage, to “save’ endangered species or their critical habitat, the reasons go on ad nauseum, and I am sure that they will continue to do so.

      In a nutshell, we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. As long as we have been around on the planet we have been impacting our surroundings, that is for sure. There’s plenty of evidence, history and anecdotal observation that just about everyone who has ever lived has changed their surroundings, for better or for worse during their lifetimes, and have left things that were either considered desirable or undesirable to those who come after them.

      I wonder what folks will be thinking in a few generations time about the opportunities and the challenges that we have in front of us today. What troubles me is that there is so much overwhelming scientific evidence that we are impacting the planet’s vital functions and services that it provides for free and that we continue to postpone making hard choices that will become even harder and more painful to make the longer we continue to postpone doing so. Einstein I believe said that insanity was repeating the same thing over and over expecting the same results. I wonder where we are on that continuum now as folks look to the last oil reserves, somewhat more easily reachable now given melting polar ice caps, the exploitation of tar sands in mid-latitude Canada (see the most recent issue of National Geographic on that one), and coalbed methane development in Montana versus Wyoming and other places.

      Here’s hoping that this blog will continue to be a forum for folks to respectfully, constructively and consciously contemplate our inseparable role in nature, no matter where they stand on a particular issue, and take actions that will leave it in better shape for those who come after us, including all non-human populations. Thanks for weighing in on this, Carol, and I hope you’ll revisit and contribute often!

      Hobie

  5. So glad to see you blogging Hobie! I have a link to your page on MyCreativeYear. Good for you! 🙂 -Robin

    • Thanks, Robin.

      I aim to visit your blog over the weekend, say hello and see what’s new on MyCreativeYear.I have a story/some thoughts rumbling around the brain from the winter adventure trip north of Polebridge last weekend with two folks who had never been to the wilder part of the West. We heard wolves howling our first night and there were tracks galore wherever we went in Glacier on Saturday. Hope all’s well in your part of the world and that winter’s predicted return will happen!

      Take care,

      Hobie

  6. Hobie this post takes me back to childhood. I am from Fairbanks, Alaska originally. I’ve put your blog in my reader so I will know when you post something new. Astounding writing and descriptions thanks so much!!!

    • Thanks, Stef!

      Yellowstone and parts of Montana always feel a little like “Alaska lite” to me, but in fairness (and also in extreme bias, because Montana has been my home for 15 years) because we in comparison in Montana have so little of that wild, intact ecosystem remaining on a much smaller scale, we tend to value and be feisty toward those who want to despoil such places for short-term or personal gain. Sometimes we look like the missing puzzle piece between what is happening in Alberta and B.C., energy-wise, and the coalbed methane and other energy “exploration” going on in Wyoming and points south and east.

      I am glad that some of those that came before us had the foresight and the courage to save and protect some of these wild places, as I doubt that in today’s political climate the same preservation-minded decisions would have been reached and supported. There are still opportunities to do the right thing and permanently protect the wild places in the Lower 48 in particular that still remain.

      How cool is it that you grew up in Fairbanks! I have been up there twice (summer and fall) and really am drawn to the area. I was up there covering a story for a magazine (it is in the editor’s in-box at this time), and the area toward Chena Hot Springs, plus the Steese Highway corridor, really remind me of some of the North Fork country on the west side of Glacier.

      Glad to hear that my blog will be on your alert status, and thanks for visiting, commenting, and your feedback.

      All the best,

      Hobie

  7. Hi Hobie!

    This brought back memories of my trip across country many years ago…I spent time in Yosemite and Yellowstone. Your descriptions are so vivid I feel like I’m there again! Yellowstone is truly a magical place especially this time of year. I was there at the end of April beginning of May.

    Thank you for a beautiful post!

    Love To You,
    Maggie

    • Hi Maggie,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this post! So glad, too, to hear that you have been to Yellowstone before-it is amazing how so many people share this powerful place as a common shared experience in their lives. Late April and early May is an incredible time to be in Yellowstone, too. I got an e-mail from a friend earlier today who mentioned that he and another friend saw wolves in “the park” this weekend. He lives in New York City now but we worked together as park rangers and guides, and he now brings school kids out on a program called Expedition:Yellowstone! run by the National Park Service, which is an amazing, eye-opening adventure for city, suburban and rural students alike. Glad the descriptions in “Red Dogs. Wolves and Ravens…” brought back some powerful memories for you, and come back and visit any time! Yosemite is on my list for a future visit, too.

      Love right back at you,

      Hobie

  8. Hi Hobie, I live in Sunlight Basin and love your descriptive prose. New to the term ‘Red Dogs’. Thanks for introducing me to it. Can’t wait until I can get into the park myself in early May.

    Leslie

    • Hi Leslie,

      Thank you very much for your comments and thoughts-you live in one of the most beautiful places in Wyoming! I have a photo titled “Grizz Country” that you can see at http://www.wildharephotos.com that looks in toward Sunlight Basin from the top of Dead Indian Pass on the Chief Joseph Highway that immediately came to mind when you described where you live.

      Glad to hear that the prose and the imagery resonate with you, and I hope that you will spend a lot of time in the park this spring once the roads are plowed and opened from your side of “the park”. Will also visit your blog soon and say hello!

      Thanks again,

      Hobie

  9. Hobie – cool reading this. Love that you’re writing … and blogging … and about the good land out there. When I have some time to meander about your blogs and read, I’ll do so. That cow elk and yearling encounter … yup, on the edge of scary … but she knew, you were not harmful. Can you imagine encountering a griz and cub in such a fashion?

    • Thanks, Tina Beana! I love being back in the writing groove-been way too long… When I taught writing to college-bound international students and also first year university folks, I often felt too fried to do much of my own beyond short journaling and letter writing. Thus having a blog challenges me to say something at least weekly, which is more often than I had been writing prior to entering the blogosphere in February, except for a few epic feature articles here and there.

      You’re right in that the cow elk sensed that I was not a threat, yet I developed a heightened respect and appreciation for the species as a result of being within striking distance. I guess I got my elk that day, and they got their human, and it was all good.

      I know folks from my time in the park who were charged by a grizz, and in some cases mauled by one, and their stories are unanimously haunting and sobering. They are all fortunate to be alive and well, and, encouragingly, they have returned to the backcountry and bear country they love in different ways, not letting one incident destroy their fierce love for protecting and enjoying such wild places, yet remaining hyper-aware of the inherent risks those who enter these places may also (yet hopefully never again will) one day encounter.

      Looking forward to hearing from you again, Tina Beana, and keep on writing when you can as well!

      Hobie

  10. Beautiful post Hobie. I’m glad I waited until today to read it. I needed the “upliftment.” Yeah not a word. I made it up.

    I felt like I was there in the water with you. Very very cool, and a bit scary.

    Funny I used to write letters too, many of them longhand, as a way to work through stuff in college and for years after that. Now I use blogging and journaling and the BTT and OFTU. 🙂

    • Thanks, Stef!

      I like the word upliftment. After all we’ve learned so many new words and terms already this year like BTT’s and OFTU’s and more!

      Glad that this story brought you right there to the water-I miss the Boiling River and the great access I used to have to soaking there. I have seen elk charge people and puncture car tires in the park, and attack clothes lines in Gardiner, Montana, and one September afternoon I had to crawl out of my bathroom window because a huge bull elk was resting alongside the front porch steps of my place in Mammoth Hot Springs. Waking up a sex-crazed 700-pound antlered ungulate was not an option for leaving home that day, and I believe he was the same bull elk that injured a park service employee a year or two later who saved a visitor from really getting throttled. My own close encounter was spooky enough, and I salute the NPS and other employees every year who do “human control” when the elk set up camp in Mammoth.

      Thanks for commenting, and “see” you on a future call with Heather!

      Are you blogging or journaling now?

  11. Hi Hobie, Yes, seems like everyone is noticing these little signs, especially all the birds starting to show up.
    I saw a griz track the other day here in Griz country.

    • Hi Leslie,

      Glad to hear that spring is coming to your corner of Greater Yellowstone, too! How cool to see a griz track on your meanderings. I haven’t seen a bear yet this spring, but am confident that I will, hopefully with plenty of respectful social distance and personal space between us.

      Enjoy your weekend,

      Hobie

  12. Your tremendous personal power is clearly evident as is your creative genius, divine wisdom and your heart of gold.
    Thank you Hobie!

    • Thank you, Gina. You are a gem yourself!

      Looking forward to hearing more from you down the road, and all the best with everything you’re up to as well.

      Hobie

  13. Hi Hobie,
    What a magnificent writer you are! I’m so glad I came by here to read your post – I totally got entranced in it. Thanks for posting the link at EnergyRich :).

    I go into nature every day. Seems like so many of us are so far removed and disconnected from its beauty – on laptops and cell phones (I envy that winter where you had none of these!) and not connecting with that which calls more to our soul than these man-made devices. I know they serve their purpose as well, but when we are over consumed by them, that’s when trouble may arise.

    That grizzly encounter, both in real life and dreamland, sounds pretty wild – nothing like a grizzly to catapult you into the present moment!

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    peace,
    Gina

    • Thank you Gina. I am glad you came by to read it as well and that you were moved to respond. Those days when I don’t get out into or reconnect with nature are the ones where I feel most out of sorts. Was actually feeling that way a little this morning, but all is good in this moment, as I hope is true for you.

      Thanks again, and “see” you soon!

      Hobie

  14. I love this essay Hobie. I now feel I understand you better, too.

    • Thanks!

      It felt really cathartic to write, Carmen, sort of like the e.e. cummings quote about traveling all around the world and through life to finally arrive ready to rediscover who I truly am.

      There’s plenty more to come in that regard. I hope that your blog radio show is also creating a new community where listeners can grow and learn from fearlessly and honestly engaging each other on racial matters.

      Keep on keeping on, Carm!

      Hobie
      xxoo

  15. Hobie – Great article. I love how your passion shines through when you describe meaningful experiences. Your description was so perfect I was visualizing every step of the way. The grizzly bear nightmare is one visual I’d like to forget, but still very vivid.

  16. Hobie! So powerful! This brought me back to my childhood in Alaska when the snow was so deep I could only walk behind my parents. I was so little I could not see anything around me but snow and their legs ahead of me. So much of how strong I am now comes from those times.

    I now feel similarly about the desert landscape of southern and northern Nevada as you relate in this post. Even though the desert blasts heat in the summer (unbearable at times) it is all part of the cycle and the animals that live here know how to deal with it better than we ever could!

    And of course your posts get more and more EnergyRich all the time and it is such a powerful experience for me to identify with that as well. Can’t wait for the next post!

    • Hi Stef,

      It’s not every day that you meet someone born in interior Alaska who also feels quite at home in the Nevada desert. You are such a good writer-I hope that at times you will be inspired to share your stories of the power of wild places that have shaped your life, and about your amazing triathlon experiences, too.

      Looking forward to connecting with you soon, and thanks for visiting!

      Hobie

  17. Thanks Hobie! I have a triathlon blog that I started about two years ago and have built a very powerful and supportive network of friends with it. You can click on my name to have a look see.

    I may write something about Alaska at some point too — when I do I will share that with you. 🙂

    • Thanks for letting me know that, Stef. I will be sure to check that out. Keep on creating and living that amazingly and considerably new, huge story, and talk with you soon!

      Hobie

      P.S. I get this great image in my mind of you walking in deep snow following your parents’ footsteps. What a great impressionable childhood that must have been.

  18. Hi Hobie, That was a really nice post. I just was in Billings and Cody for 2 days and you are so right about what happens to the soul in those human landscapes vs. the deepening that occurs in the wilderness. Grizzlies and wolves are good things to have around. They keep us awake in the woods which is how we’re all meant to be. Keep up the good work writing and posting. Leslie

    • Hi Leslie,

      Thanks for your comments, as always. It is a good thing to be awake in the woods, especially when the bears are out and about, as well as wherever else we may be, especially in conversation and connection with others with whom we might see the world differently.

      I read your 5/14 and 5/16 posts, so it is good to see you’re engaging folks who live close to and love the land that they call home. Sometimes it’s hard for long-term residents to let a newcomer, like someone moving to Wyoming or Montana, or a returnee for that matter,as the wolves just may be called, be given equal standing on the landscape, so here’s hoping we can continue this dialogue in a peaceful way and allow all beings space and room to live in a harmonious way on the land, while respecting our natural commons and our responsibility as stewards to hand these wild places and their inhabitants off to future generations.

      Time will tell, but as long as I am alive I will do my part.
      Thanks for doing what you can, too.

      Happy spring,

      Hobie

  19. Hi Hobie, nice that you are in Yellowstone. I’ll get there more this summer and do some backpacking when I board my dog. I just got word that they finished trapping and collaring grizzlies in the valley here. They collared 15 this year! The last time I heard about was 2 years ago, when they collared 8. I’d been seeing tracks on every trail, sometimes just an hour behind me. Enjoy. everything is emerald green here so the Park must be awesome.

  20. Hey Hobie,

    Here’s a quote from Abraham as channeled be Esther Hicks that relates to this post.

    “I must be aware of bad things, and guarded about bad things, and I must watch out for bad things by trying to guide myself toward good things.” You can’t do both at the same time. You can’t watch out for bad things, and allow good things at the same time. It is vibrationally not possible.” – Abraham

    Focus on the divine light that you are and those around you will be transformed.

    Deborah

    • Thanks Deborah.

      I totally agree!

      Thanks for sharing this. It reminds me of something a professor told me when I was getting my master’s in teaching, in that it is far better to catch, praise and encourage someone when they are “caught” doing something good compared to the old sermonizing, you’re in trouble and here come the consequences approach.

      It’s a fine line and a dance, though when the consequences involve wild animals who do not have much room to roam or room for error when they come into close contact with their human brethren, so thanks for your tactful reminder that we are all far more powerful when we allow, look for, focus on and welcome the good that is possible, no matter where it may be in life. That will ultimately shape and inspire a better world for us all.

      Happy summer and I appreciate your input!

      Hobie

  21. Those people would have ticked me off royally! They should fine for stuff like that and use the money for park improvements or something.

    Ravens were a prominent part of my childhood. #1 My dad was afraid of birds and #2 The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. I was introduced to it so early I don’t remember not knowing about it.

    I do remember going to the lumberyard in Fairbanks with my parents. We parked and a large black bird landed on the hood of the truck and stayed there. My dad hid under the dash while my mom went and got wood. Someone must have shooed the bird away eventually but I don’t remember that part.

    Cheers,
    Stef

    • Thanks for sharing, Stef! I enjoyed reading your and also Deborah from our EnergyRich Advanced Coaching Group’s response, in that it is so important for me to continue focusing on inspiring folks to act differently rather than letting my emotional instincts drive the car, so to speak.

      I feel that more law enforcement and interpretive rangers in our national parks would make a huge difference in their stewardship and health.

      Right now, with budget cuts and constraints, plus a backlog in existing infrastructural needs, there are fewer rangers, yet comparable numbers of park visitors. For example, around three million folks per year visit Yellowstone.

      Folks behave and monitor themselves better, I think, when there are more rangers around, but I will continue doing my part to do more educating rather than sermonizing. It felt good to rant a little, but I have to continue being the change I wish to see in the world, and call attention to when I learn, the hard way or otherwise, how to tread more lightly when in nature, and when it comes to engaging others how to do so as well.

      Thanks for sharing. Boy those ravens in Alaska are huge!

      Be well,

      Hobie

  22. Hi Leslie,

    Glad you’ve been seeing grizz tracks and other signs of Greater Yellowstone’s wildness on your walks and hikes.
    All the best for a great and safe season backpacking as well.

    I did a backpacking trip in the Centennials last weekend from the Idaho side, and we nearly stepped on a newborn elk calf that was not terribly far from the trail. We immediately created some distance, wary that its mother might be nearby, but by the next morning the calf was gone, and we never saw its mother.

    Will be backpacking next Th and F nights again (locale TBD) after being the visiting guest artist-photographer at the Yellowstone General Store at Fishing Bridge on Tuesday July 7 and 8. I will be there on those dates from 10-3, so if you’re in the park then, feel free to stop on in and introduce yourself.

    Happy trails and thanks for staying in touch.

    Hobie

  23. Hi Hobie,
    Love your stories! It’s amazing when we do spend more time out in nature, what magical experiences come upon us.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Gina

    • Thanks, Gina!

      You are so right about the magic that arrives when we are out in nature and allow for it to happen. I will be stewing on a few ideas to share and write about (inspired from recent time spent hiking, camping and being outdoors in Greater Yellowstone), and will let the rest of our advanced coaching group gang know once a new posting is up.

      Happy summer and thanks again for visiting!

      Hobie

  24. How very fortunate Emory is to have you for an uncle, providing him with such rich and wonderful experiences. This was really nice, Hobie.

  25. You probably do this on purpose — reflecting the person on the forest trail who really has no edges between him/her and the forest — but I cannot find the edges to your dream. You say, at the end (in a nice circle) that it really isn’t a dream, but I am left wondering where you are, really.

    I am with you in the forest, and the piece seems right at home in the forest with all the other images radiating from there … I like that. I go deck, you Erik regenerating forest, painting, to, finally, veteran forests and veteran human beings. I very much like this.

    The painting, incidentally, reminds me of Kathleen’s Snow’s painting of the person on the forest trail … that person, too, is simultaneous present, but in a rather ‘spirit’ form; their outline being indistinct.

    What I am saying, in a fractured sort of way, is that “dream” plays a pretty small part of this piece, actually.

    Incidentally, the photo at the top of the page is really beautiful and peaceful and graceful … is it one of yours?

    • Thanks for your comments, and yes, the painting in Kathleen’s house is the one described in “A Dream In the Forest”.

      I liked what you said about the dream actually playing a smaller part in the piece-that gives me something new to ponder, reflect upon and digest.

      I always appreciate thoughtful, observant comments and constructive feedback, so thanks again for taking the time to read this piece and share back how it spoke to you.

      See you in writing group, one of these weeks!

      Hobie

    • The photo at the top of my blog is not mine-it is one of the images available for use at wordpress.com

      This recovering Luddite is still hoping and planning on a techno lesson in how to upload his own images here, so stay tuned!

  26. Thank you for the poem, it was beautiful.

  27. Hi Hobie – I really like the sentiment of this. I used to write poetry – and I found the discipline and rhythm of using a rhyme actually helped my creativity.
    Best wishes Sue

    • Thank you, Sue.

      Often my poetry does just about everything except rhyme, but this piece leaped out at me with a cadence, a style, and most of the words one morning upon awakening. I am still amazed at how several thoughts kicking around in my brain received a magical solution last Friday morning-sometimes we really do our best problem solving and experience creative breakthroughs when we least expect it, so I try to always carry pencil and paper with me, for when the muse strikes.

      Thanks again for visiting, and I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

  28. Aloha Hobie,

    Wonderful message and delivery in rhyme.

    I can hear the words also as verses of a song.

    Mahalo for sharing, Dewi

    • Mahalo for your kind comments, Dewi.

      This is one of the few poems I have written (since public school that is) that rhyme, and it came to me more or less all at once about ten days ago upon awakening.

      Glad to hear that it could also be a song, too!

      Hobie

  29. Hi Hobie,

    A very beautiful and thought provoking poem.

    Catherine Rose Stevens

  30. Hobie – this is so powerful! Thank you for sharing yourself in such a deep way.

    I hope nature will always be there too – some of the current language around climate change is worrying….

    I’m working on getting more nature in my life – it’s an ongoing goal this year.

    Marcy

    • Thanks Marcy,

      Glad that this spoke to you.

      I am confident that nature will always be around.

      We might not be, though, unless we are more pro-active, compassionate, and peaceful in our daily lives, and thinking more deeply about how our actions and inactions really do impact the planet, and future generations.

      It’s a wonderful time to be alive and share our gifts, and to be super nice, nurturing and reciprocal in positive ways to our one and only Mother Earth.

      Thanks for sharing, too, Marcy!

      Hobie

  31. Hobie,

    I didn’t know you were a poet, too!

    It was a pleasure to spend time with you and Erik this evening. I am so glad I can count you as a friend–you inspire, support, and encourage. Keep on dreaming, scheming, and adventuring!

    Hasta pronto,

    Alex M Johnson

    • Hey Alex,

      Thanks for visiting the blog and commenting-I sure do hope to be writing more poetry and prose especially during the warmer months that are now finally here.

      You guys are also awesome friends-hope to connect again mid-week next week, and have a great weekend!

      Hobie

  32. Autumn has always been an important season for me. The last, frail gasp of color reminds me of my own temporal nature. And yet I look forward to the first winter snow–how it covers over the dying leaves, the rough spots left behind.

    Thank you for this beautiful post. I, too, believe in the transformative power of nature and recently stumbled upon your site. I’m glad I did.

    • Glad you stumbled upon and found this site, Kim, and it’s always nice to connect with folks who love autumn!

      We got out yesterday for a late fall hike and were amazed to still see and hear dragonflies and crickets, and all the whitetail deer seemed to be where we were in the non-hunting zone, too…

      All the best with the transitions you are experiencing and wishing to experience at this time, and thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts here.

      Travel well!

      Hobie

  33. Hobie,

    Thank you for this powerful story and account of our connection with nature.

    Shelley

  34. Beautifully written and expressed Hobie. Yellowstone indeed is full of lessons, inspiration, passion and wisdom. Thank you for helping us all to uncover the beauty from within. Proud to call you my friend my man…
    Mike

  35. Beautiful! Did you write this?

    • Yes, I did!

      It came to me almost line by line and I changed a few words later, but I was given this gift of a poem to share just by being out in the elements, and by being open to them.

      Thank you so much, Harsimrit, and I hope you will have a wonderful, safe and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.
      Hobie

  36. This is fab, Hobie. Will be there…thank you so much.
    (Didn’t know you were Reiki 🙂 )
    xoxo SLM

  37. Good afternoon Hobie. I have received your notecards twice now from MBN meetings. They are beautiful and I appreciate them very much. Thank you.

    • You’re most welcome, Jen! That’s an amazing synchronicity for you to have won a set of my Yellowstone nature note cards twice at MBN meetings, and it’s also great to see and know that you are a horse lover! We have a semi-wild, semi-sweet cat that rules the roost, btw:) Wishing you all the best for a safe and fun summer, and thanks for letting me know how much you’re enjoying the nature and landscape images, too!

      Hobie

  38. The biggest risk is to not risk at all.

  39. Sheila Sylvestre

    October 1, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Hobie, Thank you for sharing this spectacular article! It is fun, engaging, vivid and full of wisdom. Just what I needed to read today as I am in process with taking one of those big leaps doing work I love. Reading it felt like the Universe giving me a nod of approval and encouragement. Thanks again! xoxo

  40. And the nature guy goes berserk! Love this story. Not so sure I would have caught the lesson if this was happening to me. But it does show that we have the power to act instead of react to what’s going on around us. Thank you, Hobie, for the lesson in a very entertaining way. (You also have a very forgiving squirrel.)

  41. Beautiful Hobie – I am certainly at a place in my life that I am riding the wave of uncertainty and in some ways it is a relief to not have life all planned out, but to allow it to emerge as I follow my heart.

    • Thanks for sharing how this post speaks to you, Jamie. I think it was John Lennon who said that life is what happens when we are busy making other plans. Things seem to be a lot more fluid and adaptable in the natural world, as compared to what the majority of human beings (myself very much included here!) seem to pine for in the not really separated at all parallel universe we tend to call “the real world”.

      It’s cool remembering that the seasons change over time, the sun, moon and other things in the sky rise and set from our earthly perspective, tides ebb and flow, and we don’t have to do anything at all to make those things happen. Every day upon awakening it’s fun to ask, wonder and welcome what will happen today without any effort on my part. Nature has given us innumerable gifts that come to us so freely and without anything in expectation in return-that’s a great reminder for me to freely and without expectation just put myself out there, enjoy everything, and have no expectations. Easier said than done of course, but I applaud you in allowing things to emerge and for following your heart, no matter what!

  42. very nice, Hobie!

    The alone-ness you describe reminded me of a story by Annie Proulx, a story whose name I couldn’t recall. Ten minutes later, here it is: “Them Old Cowboy Songs”.

    • Thanks Gregory, I’ll have to read this particular story by Annie Proulx. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I really appreciate your taking the time to read and respond to this posting! Hobie

  43. I can only imagine how surreal and magical it would have been to winter in Yellowstone, surrounded by nature, wildlife, and silence. Happy Thanksgiving Hobie!

    • Thanks Shana, it’s still mighty powerful to be in Yellowstone during its longest and least visited season, although now it’s typically for one to two weeks at a time! I am fortunate to be co-leading at least two tours through “the park” this winter and there may be other opportunities to spend time there this season as well. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, and thanks so much for sharing how this posting resonated with you…
      Hobie

    • Thanks for sharing this, Mechi! Wishing you and everyone you serve all the best in life, and here’s also hoping that nature connection can help anchor, ground, and support everyone in their journey as well!

      Hobie

  44. Hi Hobie,
    I just signed up for the Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There presentation. I am excited to learn all about what you are doing with this. Unfortunately I will have to listen to the recorded version as I have another commitment at that time.
    I wish you luck with this venture

    • Thanks Debra, I am glad you have been able to enjoy and benefit from the nature connection sit spot recording, and thanks for letting me know how it continues to support and serve you, too!

      All the best,
      Hobie

  45. Thank you so much, Hobie!!! I am a member of Dunrovin and I am so happy to know you!! I just loved being with you and our lovely SuzAnne as you took us on your visualization walk to the Bitteroot River!! You are wonderful, I felt like I was right there with you in all the beautiful nature!! I smelled summer, felt the warm breeze and the cool water, heard the sweet birds singing, and saw our Harriet soaring above us!!! You gave me some wonderful, peaceful moments, and my thoughts went back to my childhood memories and special feelings of enjoying my nature. Thank you so very much and Happy Summer! Nancy Acanfora

    • You’re very welcome, Nancy, and it’s great to be connected with you here at Your Life Nature as well as through Dunrovin, too! Thanks so much for sharing how the visualization helped you be there with us, and I hope you’re having a great summer, too! It’s finally in the 80s rather than 90s and 100s and personally I hope it stays that way at least for a little while. Stay cool where you live and thanks again! Hobie

  46. BARBARA ISHERWOOD

    September 10, 2015 at 8:38 am

    The UNESCO must stop the selling of Galapagos to the highest bidder. The island needs to be left alone and the allow the wildlife that belongs there to flurish.

    • Thanks Barbara, I totally agree. Much is at stake here and UNESCO can play a huge, courageous role in stopping the threats to these irreplaceable islands. Once their integrity has been breached, we’ve lost them and that would be a crime, not only to the inhabitants that do not have a voice at the table, but to future generations who never get to witness and experience our remaining wild places.

  47. BARBARA ISHERWOOD

    October 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I have not been able to find any more information on what is happening to the Galapagos Islands. Has there been any selling of the lands? Has there been any building of Hotels on any of the islands?

    • Hi Barbara, first of all my apologies for not replying to you sooner. We had a death in the family and are just getting back into the rhythms of being home, returning to work, and other things. My friend in Ecuador, Martin Loyola, reported that sadly very little has changed. Efforts to revoke or stall the law from being enforced and implemented have been unsuccessful thus far. The Ecuadorean government has been experiencing huge deficits and has been on a tear as far as trying to come up with the money to offset this, and therefore the irreplaceable Galapagos Islands have been put on the chopping block. Martin also mentioned that the government website has been anything but neutral on what’s happening in the Galapagos, and he wasn’t aware of any sites to visit that had coverage in English and were also not one-sided. You may want to try checking out The Daily Kos, Daily Beast, HuffingtonPost Latin America for starters, If you find a good source for information on what’s happening there please let me know and I will do the same and share that with you. All the best! Hobie