The first steps in my Life Reimagined - When AARP approached me to do a trial of their Life Reimagined program, I saw it as an excellent opportunity to hear some fresh voices other than the ones ...
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
One Small Step
I support the work of the likes of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn who in their book, Half the Sky, document the plight of women worldwide; of Greg Mortenson and his mission to educate girls; my daughter-in-law, Annie Wallace working in Ethiopia on issues related to women's health. I think of all the small steps taken daily to bring about change in attitudes towards women.
Monday's hike, according to the memo was far less ambitious - a stroll. Hah! We took the boys and dogs and bushwhacked to a "two-track" - a disused logging road - to spectacular sandstone bluffs and from there picked up another old trail down to Paddy Creek. Along the way the boys picked up a bleached jawbone from an elk; a fellow hiker pointed out lion tracks; we heard stories of the days when this area was one of the most heavily logged forests in the US.
Purpose of the two hikes was not only recreational but also to continuing taking small, citizen lead steps toward encouraging the Forest service to declare more of these precious lands as Wilderness Areas. I was surprised to learn that the Forest Service has an almost philosophical antipathy towards designating Wilderness Areas - conflicts with their training/mission to "manage" the forests as opposed to letting them be wild.
(Lisa took the really pretty photos! including this one of a stunning aspen grove.)