John Muir’s advice rings true in the economic worry of today-

Recession stress and Yellowstone’s good tidings. By Mark Menlove. A commentary in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Recession stress and Yellowstone's good tidings

  1. Indamani says:

    Thank God for the Mountains! It is the only place where I feel restored, calm and happy. I’ll take the beauty of nature, anytime, over the hideousness of our man-made environment.

  2. Being outside seems to be a much stronger reality to me.

    I can remember what I did each day of a trip, including many minor details, especially with photos to remind me.

    After a while, it seems that the total time you spend outdoors occupies more of your life than the routine that actually does.

    This reminds me a wooden sign my father and I came across in a remote creek valley when I was in high school. I can’t remember the exact words, but approximately, “Days spent fishing here are not subtracted by the gods from the lives of mortals.”


March 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey