Items by Alan Kesselheim

Should a hike be a social event or an encounter with the wild?
Should a hike be a social event or an encounter with the wild?
A crowded South Korean national park offers a glimpse of the West’s possible future.
A tense confrontation on a quiet Montana road
The riddle of the circle of ancient power
Vigiling with Dad
Vigiling with Dad
Gliding past while bullets fly
Gliding past while bullets fly
Rafting the Yellowstone River while hunters shoot ducks out of the sky.
Kids in the backcountry: The earlier, the better
Kids in the backcountry: The earlier, the better
A father understands what’s gained by taking his kids deep into the backcountry again and again as they’re growing up.
Does taking our kids into the wild make us dangerous parents?
Does taking our kids into the wild make us dangerous parents?
The author contends there are more dangers at home.
The end is near -- the end of 2011
The end is near -- the end of 2011
People should be less worried about the allegedly dire predictions of the Mayan Calendar, and concentrate on making the next year better, since we’re all on earth for a limited time anyway.
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.
Hunting and gathering in the modern era
Hunting and gathering in the modern era
The peculiar rituals of contemporary American hunters and gatherers are well worth an anthropologist’s study.
Righteous gluttony
Righteous gluttony
Wild animals revel in feasting and simply endure the hungry times, unlike modern Westerners with our sterile supermarkets.
Whoever thought the Lake Powell bathtub was a good idea?
Whoever thought the Lake Powell bathtub was a good idea?
What a disappointment it is to go from Utah's wild Dirty Devil River to the hideous man-made bathtub of Lake Powell.
Walking through the din of a coastal maelstrom
Walking through the din of a coastal maelstrom
A family hike along the Pacific Coast Trail becomes an exhilarating encounter with the fierce storm gods of Washington's wild Olympic Peninsula.
In considering the future, include Plan B.
In considering the future, include Plan B.
People who have chosen to simplify their lives are an inspiration during these hard economic times.
Pro: Gold in a canning jar
Pro: Gold in a canning jar
There's a lot of work involved in preserving food, but it’s worth it to have a pantry full of homegrown, home-canned goodies.
The wild we take for granted
The wild we take for granted
Delight in the animals and places that are close to home but often ignored by us.
Here comes change
Here comes change
Learning from an elderly Navajo woman with an intimate, lifelong connection to the land.
For many Americans, voting this November will be historic
For many Americans, voting this November will be historic
Reliving the civil rights movement through the eyes of a man who worked to register black voters.
The less you have, the less you have to lose
Alan Kesselheim figures he’s already so poor, he’s recession-proof.
When choosing a house, think past a lifetime
Alan Kesselheim says Westerners should not be shocked when a house built in a floodplain eventually falls victim to a flood.
I was a closet environmentalist
Roger Muggli might be the busiest man in eastern Montana, what with his family farm, his feed-pellet plant, his dedicated work on water issues and his quiet, steadfast environmentalism.
How to feel abundant at Christmas
Alan Kesselheim avoids the temptation of consumerism at Christmas by learning to appreciate the abundance of what he already has.
When it’s all too much
Alan Kesselheim delights in his town’s annual recycling of outmoded electronic gear.
Bury it standing
When his old canoe shows signs of aging, Alan Kesselheim decides to bury it upright in his yard, a contemporary totem pole.
Are tomorrow’s ghost towns sprouting today?
Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and global warming will one day turn our sprawling suburbs into empty ghost towns.
When smoke gets in your life
Alan Kesselheim misses the summers of the past, when Western skies were blue and clear and not blurred and choked with smoke and ash.
Tomorrow’s ghost towns are sprouting today
Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and the threat of global warming will one day turn today’s sprawling suburbs into the future’s ghost towns.
Open minds and free expression – what a rare treat!
Alan Kesselheim goes back to college as a teacher and delights in the wide-ranging discussions he has with young people.
Killer commutes in the rural West
Alan Kesselheim ranks some of the gnarliest commutes in the region.
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