Monday, December 14, 2009

listening to wolves


I deeply love sleeping outside under the stars. I just returned from a two week long winter camping trip in the mountains outside Yellowstone in Wyoming.

On one calm night, with an almost full moon, I chose to sleep outside the tent out in the middle of a lovely meadow. I stomped out a flat spot with my skis, to create a bed. It was probably 20 below zero fahrenheit, and I was zipped tight and content in my enormous winter sleeping bag.

I listened to wolves howling all night long, and they were close. It was beautiful.

The next day I skied around the edges of the meadow, and found a lot of wolf tracks. One wolf, or several, I have no idea. Some were just a few dozen yards from where I slept under the big cold deep blue sky.
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7 comments:

staceyjwarner said...

sounds absolutely beautiful and magical...

much love

Red Pill Junkie said...

Without the intention to provoke a religious debate, but that's a feat an atheist would have a hard time performing ;)

Anonymous said...

Sounds incredible... but is it, like, safe?

Quanta said...

Well, Mike, when it comes to you and me there are bound to be some synchronicities.

Lovely story. The vision of your "enormous winter sleeping bag" will stay with me for ever.

Okay, so these aren't the rarest words ever, but as I was reading your post for the first time I was also listening to the song Kandi by One eskimO, and as I read your words, "all night long," the vocals in the song exactly matched. At the exact moment.

This sent a chill up my back, which was rather pleasant! You and me...these synchronicities. It's like part of our genetic blueprint - nature and nurture. Like we're related!

And you're talking about the wolves, and "they were close," you recall, stirring up a great image and a bit of suspense...just as the I hear the word "close" in the song.

Wild! An itsy-bitsy, pretty special synchroniticy.

Holiday blessings!

Stace

Mike Clelland! said...

MusingEgret wrote about the audio interview with Chris O'Brien:

"... As I was listening to y'all talk I had another task opened and had gone to Anya's site and on!was following various links; right when you and Chris were discussing 17 and 33 I was reading something (can't recall now what it was) that referenced 33 in print!! "

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Quanta (aka Stace) wrote about the wolves in the previous post:

"... as I was reading your post for the first time I was also listening to the song Kandi by One eskimO, and as I read your words, "all night long," the vocals in the song exactly matched. At the exact moment. This sent a chill up my back, which was rather pleasant!

And you're talking about the wolves, and "they were close," you recall, stirring up a great image and a bit of suspense...just as the I hear the word "close" in the song.

Wild! An itsy-bitsy, pretty special synchroniticy..."

Peter Bernard said...

A 19 year-old woman recently got killed by just two coyotes up in Canada. Coyotes are usually not as dangerous as wolves, are they? Ha I'd want to put up a barbed wire fence around the tent.

Brizdaz said...

That's why I don't want to sleep outside in the open.We don't have wolves in Australia,but we do have dingos...and you might of heard how they like babies.-)