Wilderness lost

Stanfel, Rebecca
May 2007
High Country News;5/14/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 9, p27
The article presents an essay about a mother's love for hiking in the wilderness. She states that spending time in the wilderness is fundamental to her relationship with her husband. Though her love for hiking is not genetic, she anticipates that her son would imbibe it. However, three months after she gave birth, she was diagnosed with a chronic and serious disease called sarcoidosis that compromised her heart and lungs. She relates that her sickness has meant that her son will spent more of his childhood indoors and it makes her sad. She mourns not being able to share special places with her son, and worst, failing to impart the experience of wilderness and how it works on them. Still, the author believes that her time on a trail has always been more spiritual than physical.


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