ALDO LEOPOLD'S "SHACK" NEAR BARABOO, WISCONSIN
"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot." A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC
BOOK OF THE MONTH - AUGUST
ERNEST HEMINGINGWAY IN KETCHUM
"FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS"
Ernest Hemingway died in Ketchum, Idaho, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 61. He is buried in the Ketchum Cemetery along with his fourth wife Mary, his son Jack, his niece Margot, and some of his hunting buddies. Hemingway was born in Illinois and spent time in Michigan as a young man. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.
"Edwin Way Teale won both the Pulitzer Prize and the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing. His work ranks with the best, that of Thoreau, Muir, Burroughs and Olson. In A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm he gives us not only his most personal writing but some of his finest. Considered by many to be his greatest book, it is as relevant today as when it was first published."
"In the widest sense, A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm depicts a human need to belong to a piece of earth and, for the naturalist, to learn it, to try to understand it. The bountifulness of Trail Wood enveloped Edwin and Nellie in peace Trail Wood was more than a plot of ground, it was a world that they wrapped around their shoulders to keep out the chill....(This book) is a classical understanding of man's need to have a stable base, a place to protect and to celebrate, a place to go out from but always to come home to." from the back cover
Robert Olson, the youngest son of Sigurd Olson and Elizabeth Uhrenholdt, stands in front of his mother's home on the family farm.
Sigurd and Elizabeth were married here in 1921.
They had two sons: Sigurd Jr.
(1923- 2008) and Robert, born in 1925.
Also in the area: the Uhrenholdt Memorial Forest, honoring Soren Uhrenholdt, Olson's father-in-law and an early influence on him.
His "writing shack" was a converted garage.
"Listening Point" was the title of Sigurd Olson's second book (1958)
It was the Book of the Month on SMP in May.
Sigurd Olson died on January 13, 1982 while snowshoeing near his
home. He was 82.
Sigurd Olson wrote his nine books here.
Sig's cabin on Burntside Lake - at the "Listening Point"
VIDEO with Alanna Dore, Director of the Listening Point Foundation
*** IN SEARCH OF SIGURD F. OLSON ***
Tour in a light drizzle - May 29, 2016
environmentalist, wilderness protection activist, best selling author
A VISIT TO GRAND PORTAGE, MINNESOTA
HIGH FALLS ON THE PIGEON RIVER - ONE OF THE
OBSTACLES WHICH THE GRAND PORTAGE TRAIL AVOIDED
LAKE SUPERIOR - "LE LAC SUPERIEUR"
RE-ENACTORS LEARNING THE WAY OF THE CANOE
GRAND PORTAGE NATIONAL MONUMENT WITH RE-ENACTORS IN PERIOD COSTUMES PRESERVES THE HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE AND THE OJIBWE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE AREA FOR CENTURIES BEFORE THE VOYAGEURS ARRIVED.
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“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
BOOK OF THE MONTH
IT HAPPENED ON
THE LEWIS AND CLARK
"It Happened on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
gives readers inside information on the Corps of Discovery's awesome feats and accomplishments as they traveled into the unknown and mapped a route across the vast western territory of the United States.
Enjoy these stories...as author Erin H. Turner, in an eary-to-read style that is entertaining and informative, recounts captivating moments from our nation's early history." (from the back cover)
RECOMMENDED: A short book (about 100 pages) with brief anecdotes about the Corps of Discovery's epic journey to the Pacific. Easy to read. Good primer on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. JHM
BUYS AN OLD FARM
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT BOOK! JHM