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  • Just a few moments in Yellowstone

    Just a few moments in Yellowstone

    In a quiet, solitary hour at Yellowstone, nothing seems to happen -- and everything does.

  • The squeal of silence

    The squeal of silence

    Time spent alone in a cabin in the wild reminds a writer that silence is more than the absence of noise.

  • Winter Prayer

    Snowshoeing alone at night in the forest, a woman thinks – and prays – about the friends she loves, and the families they worry about.

  • The knowledge of mules

    After more than a decade of a solitary existence packing mules in the Northern Rockies, the writer is seriously injured and must reconsider his way of life.

  • A dark and disjointed journey

    A dark and disjointed journey

    The short stories in Sam Shepard's new collection, Day out of Days, have an unhinged, distinctly Western flavor.

  • Leave the wheels out of wilderness

    As enjoyable as mountain biking is, bikes simply don’t belong in the wilderness, partly because the faster you travel through a place, the smaller – and tamer – that place begins to seem.

  • Leave only footprints, and turn the darn phone off

    Cell phones have their uses, but they do not belong in the wilderness

  • On a lonely road, time rolls to a stop

    The writer travels from New York to Nevada every year, just to stop on one of the state’s empty highways and listen to the endless desert silence

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