Leah Sottile explores this strange family through episodes dedicated to topics like the ghost town in Arizona where a couple hundred people—the majority of them with the last name Bundy—once lived. At the end of the seven-part podcast series, will you sympathize with the Bundys? I was very excited to find that one of my favorite writers, Peter Hessler, was giving a talk. He started off talking about what it was like to experience that political uprising, but then things took a fascinating turn when he described discovering a Chinese man selling lingerie to devout Muslim women while reporting on violence in an Egyptian city on the upper Nile.
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He ended up unraveling an almost-unbelievable economy of Chinese business people from the coastal city of Wenzhou moving to Egypt to sell underwear to local brides and grooms. Come for the running. Stay for saving the rainforest. Takayna , a new film from Patagonia, tells a rich story, intertwining both of these subjects. The Tarkine, called takayna in the Aboriginal language, is a 1.
The landscape is home to old growth forest, 60 threatened and endangered species, uncontaminated rivers, and the artifacts of the Aboriginal people who were nearly wiped out by a largely-unacknowledged genocide. While Tasmania is thousands of miles away from the United States, the public lands conflict happening there will feel surprisingly familiar and relatable for an American audience. Takayna , which made its North American debut at Telluride MountainFilm over Memorial Day Weekend, tells the story of the Tarkine from all sides: a trail running doctor who uses her feet to help activists, a storied environmentalist, Aboriginal voices, and locals who rely on extractive industries for their livelihood.
The band had wiped out an encampment of Navajo living in Canyon Diablo and punitive party of twenty-five Navajo warriors caught up with them camped in a cave and killed them all. Rimmy Jim could be a bit of a curmudgeon dealing with annoying visitors, especially pesky salesmen.
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Rimmy Jim was born in born in Cleburne, Texas in and in his younger days was a working cowboy. He preferred using a rim-fire saddle where the cinch is located far to the front as opposed to a center fire where the cinch is located in the center of the saddle. In the early s he opened his second road stop further east on Route 66, just east of the road into Meteor Crater and in he returned to Two Guns at Canyon Diablo.
Having grown up in a small town along Route 66 and working in a gas station when I was in high school I can attest that tired tourists can get pretty testy, especially Californians.
This was only a few years after Rimmy Jim was operating his gas station in Two Guns. And flushing toilets were scarce. The adrenalized relationship with the natural world is also an experience of human conquest — the peak-bagger's pathology. Ironically, it's not much different from the benighted mindset of corporate accountancy: How many cliffs base-jumped? How many extreme trails conquered? Faster, more.
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And always the adrenalin payoff Casimiro perceives — not dissimilar to the monetary payoff chased by capitalists. Ronni Egan, who is 67 and happened to go on a backpack into Colorado's San Juan Mountains last summer with Steve Allen, tells me that "backpacking is dying" because younger people are leery of the unglamorous labor required for stepping off pavement, and too occupied with the easiness of TV, Play Stations, X-Boxes, Facebook, smartphones and "everything else with an electronic screen," along with organized sports and other scripted activities, which includes the gym, shopping and "mall ratting.
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Aging backpackers like Egan of course mourn the consequences of the death or decline of what they like to do. But the issue is more serious than that. I believe that our 21st century civilization will miss the radical encounter with the non-human: the visceral experience of days in wilderness alone, in vast and complex natural systems not controlled by humans, not arranged entirely for human convenience, not plagued by human noise.
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This matters more than ever at a time when our natural systems, on a planetary scale, appear to be in full rebellion against human convenience. The best action we can take to keep our kind of outdoor rec alive: Go backpacking.
Demonstrate it and celebrate it, "not as a mere sport or plaything excursion," as John Muir advised, "but to find the law that governs the relations subsisting between humans and nature. I shoulder the pack, resume the trek, the step-by-step progress into I am the tortoise.
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