This week I was reading a New York Times article titled ‘Exploring A Timeless Wilderness, Before The Drilling Begins’ about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A friend of mine, Matt, had just tossed out a casual invitation to join him on a backpacking trip up there next summer. Wow. I can’t quite picture, or even fathom, the landscape in Alaska, that far above the Arctic Circle.
The article was a good read. Well-written and gorgeous photography. One sentence stood out to me. Drifting along the Hulahula River, they notice Caribou tracks skirting the shore, then wolf tracks following those. Somebody asks, ‘What time is it?’ Andrew George, the lead raft guide, answers simply:
‘The time is now.’
I liked that.
Aerial view of the southern edge of the Brooks Range mountains. Credit...Christopher Miller for The New York Times