Recession stress and Yellowstone's good tidings

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.






  1. Indamani Avatar

    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. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    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.”


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.

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