Courtesy of the Wilder Quarterly:
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am –
a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic.
Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and
adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more
important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out
there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out
yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run
the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly
for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely,
mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your
head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and
alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory
over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts
in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I
promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
-- Edward Abbey
It's digging season, the best season of all of them. While you're out there messing around, put in plants native to your locale. You'll hit two birds with one stone that way and please Abbey most assuredly.
Here in Nebraska go to the Nebraska Arboretum's annual fall plant sale on Saturday, September 8. That'll show all those desk jockies who are too busy mowing their evil lawns and thinking it's time well spent with nature.