Wilderness Wednesday – Give Thanks for the Wild

Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 by »

We are staring a new feature – Wilderness Wednesday – it’s available only to Friends of Scotchman Peaks who follow us on our Blog, Facebook fan page or Twitter.  We kicked things off with a Facebook Photo contest last week.  Our Facebook fan page followers responded with a lot of great photos!  You can visit our fan page to see the all the entries, including the two who tied for first place.

Wilderness Wednesday is going to be a regular “irregular” feature, or maybe that’s an “irregular” regular feature. What we mean to say is that we will regularly celebrate Wilderness every Wednesday, but each week will be something different, something fun!

It seems only fitting that at the end of November we would turn our thoughts, and hearts, to what we are thankful for – to give thanks for the wild!

I am thankful for Wild places, for growing up with the opportunity to experience the raw and rugged beauty, the powerful forces of nature, the unforgiving elements which heighten every emotion, the eternal soul of all that is living and connected as one.  I am grateful to those who came before me and had the vision, passion and courage to keep these places wild and untamed so that I could experience them. I am thankful to be able to engage in their legacy and continue the work of preserving wilderness, for ourselves today and for the generations to come.  I am blessed by the support of many in my endeavors and want to thank each and everyone of them for inspiring me.

We hope you might take a moment and share one or two of your thoughts on what wild things you give thanks for, and why.  Please write in the comments below or visit our Facebook fan page and write on it’s “wall”.  Why do you give thanks for the wild?


I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time, today, to share with me our collective thanks for the Wild!

About The Author:

Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

An avid long distance hiker, Phil's experience on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trails brought a passion for wild places and motivated him to work towards protecting the one of the last and largest wild places in northern Idaho and Western Montana, the Scotchman Peaks.

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