I just got home. It is only about five thirty p.m. but my eyes threaten to shut on me at any moment. I desperately need to take a shower. I think back; yes, I’ve been out in Wilderness for four days and not once regretted that decision. Well maybe once, when I was angrily using my ponytail to swat away flies like a cow would, but that was easily trumped by the incredible petrified sand dunes we traveled on in Red Mountain Wilderness, and the immediate plunge into the Virgin River the second we laid eyes on its clear swift moving water in Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness. Our second campsite was on the rivers’ banks and we were greeted by a frog concerto that lasted for hours but seemed to become more cohesive as it went on.
There are many stories I could recount from our #DiscoverWilderness trip, such as a fellow crew member pouncing away from a baby rattlesnake that sounded meaner than it looked, or the giggle fit we had while trying to figure out how the camping stove worked, or even the large mammal tracks we tried to follow but gave up on as we went up and down deep sandy hills in 100+ weather, but more importantly, and why I recommend anyone who has even the slightest inclination to experience wilderness for themselves - this is a place where you can learn about yourself.
In this busy world, it can be hard to find a moment to reflect on your accomplishments and dream up your goals, but Wilderness offers you the opportunity to do just that. It is a place where everything slows down and you become one with nature. A place with no societal pressures, where you can explore the depths of yourself without any distractions or bothers. Wilderness can be challenging at times, but you will be amazed at how much your body and mind can overcome, and pushing those boundaries will only make you stronger. Stronger abled, stronger willed, and more strongly determined to follow your aspirations despite the obstacles that may crop up along the way.
By Iris Picat, BLMer and My Public Lands Tumblr Blogger