In the late 60’s, two brothers wrote what would become the Sierra Club’s most beloved book, selling over a million copies. With cheap drugstore photos and hand-written calligraphy, it became an outdoor bible for young and old alike seeking paths less travelled – not unlike the lone wolf. It was called “On the Loose” telling the story of two boys wandering the deserts, mountains and rivers of the mid and southwest. For me, it gave life-long inspiration to simply get outside. Many a kid graduating from leadership programmes and outward bound courses was given a copy – setting so many onto a strong and deep compass bearing. I still have a few before it went out of print, sitting on my bookshelf. I’m waiting and hoping for the right time and place and person to share these last few. But in the meantime, here is a page from On the Loose quoting James Joyce…
He was alone.
He was unheeded, happy and near to the wild heart of life
He was alone and young and willful and wild-hearted
Alone amidst a waste of wild air and brackish waters
And the sea harvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight…
Thanks for sharing your summer time. May your paddle pull water, stay in tight, and upright…and safe home:) tim
ps- looking for a very special person for a very special summer job. part of it is working here at the squall, part of it is heading out on the bay by paddle or motor boat to check campsites and dig really big holes in the hot sun for thunderboxes. could be part-time, could be any age, but must be independent, have a vehicle and willing to work damn hard though we do have pretty fine tea breaks. only serious enquiries please and only by e-mail pls send resume pdq to: [email protected]