To roam

4 01 2022

I dreamed the night before last that the road to the basin had been – was being, right there in the time of my dream – paved. Suddenly, the wide dirt path was black and solid under the wheels of my Jeep, and then there were machines and workers and noises and a line of vehicles waiting in the construction zone. I stopped at the end of the line, got out of my Jeep and started walking back the way I’d come, looking for that dirt I remembered.

What a nightmare.

To have giant areas, still, of untracked, unpaved wild lands … what a privilege to witness. Yes, I drive on the roads that exist, to get to the places no roads cross, to walk where mustangs and elk and mule deer and pronghorns roam. What a privilege.


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18 responses

4 01 2022
axelsmom20

Yes it is a privilege – one could almost say that one ranks right up there as a right of all of us who “own” public lands & forests! What a nightmare you had.

8 01 2022
TJ

Thinking of it as a privilege imbues a sense of responsibility, and I feel that keenly.

4 01 2022
Pat

What a dream! You are truly privileged to be there watching over all the horses. Thank goodness you are there.

8 01 2022
TJ

Yes, and yes. 🙂 And I am so grateful!

4 01 2022
Karen Ann Schmiede

We need the open spaces! Progress is not always a good thing!

8 01 2022
TJ

Agreed, on both counts. Nature helps us recover from “progress” … and all its accompanying stress. 🙂

4 01 2022
laura jones

That is a beautiful privilege.

8 01 2022
TJ

Yes, it most definitely is. 🙂

4 01 2022
Martha Kennedy

It is a privilege.

8 01 2022
TJ

🙂 I think so, for sure.

4 01 2022
Barbara A Kennedy

Indeed

8 01 2022
TJ

Yes!

4 01 2022
Sue E. Story

Glad that WAS a dream, TJ! Our worst nightmare – Spring Creek Basin HMA paved! Those changes are always possible no matter how remote they may seem. It takes “all of us” to stand on the line and help keep wild, open, quiet places they way they are. Small, sometimes horrible, dirt roads are just fine! Don’t need any more “improvements” than that. 😊

8 01 2022
TJ

It was crazy, and I don’t know where it came from … other than recent travel that involved a lot of asphalt driving?! 🙂 And yes, it takes all of us to protect our wild, open, quiet places just the way they are! I’m never too worried about “horrible” dirt roads … unless I have to pull someone out! 😉

4 01 2022
Trish

Wow, that is a nightmare! But I love how your enthusiasm turned it right around!

8 01 2022
TJ

When in doubt, just find dirt! 🙂

4 01 2022
lovewildmustangs

Indeed it is!

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8 01 2022
TJ

🙂

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