A photograph of a mountain lake reflecting the surrounding mountains

The wilderness welcomes with whispers and wind,
Vast deserts, huge mountains,
And forests unthinned.

A place where rainstorms, blizzards, and droughts,
Coexist with the fog,
The clear skies, and mist.

It beckons and hides,
Lures and derides.
It comes and goes,
Just like the tides.

It conceals vast treasures,
But opens its arms.
To all who would seek them,
And sounds no alarms.

Constantly changing.
Extreme to serene.
From wildfire and thunder,
To quiet and wonder.

It comes in all shapes,
And in many sizes.
Its horizons expansive,
And full of surprises.

Even though,
Many folks may never go,
To places far and wild.

It’s good to know,
They still exist.
That frontiers yet persist.

Whether you hike into such places,
With your body or your mind,
Leave it wild and wander.
But keep it free for all to ponder,
And leave no traces.

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Author: David Appleton

I was born and raised in Texas and currently live in the Texas Hill Country, spent some 30 years living in the smack dab middle of Colorado, and have spent a lifetime adventuring and leading others on adventures in many parts of the wild world.

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