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Lessons from my sabbatical

Aug. 16 We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character. — Henry David Thoreau Jane and I returned to Rock Island on Tuesday night, just in time to greet our new first- year students. What a sabbatical it has been! We’ve traveled 20,339 miles, including 2,260 […]

Crossing the clam shell line

Aug. 13 You are free to explore wherever you want, but do not cross the clam shell line. — Doug, one of the Haida Watchmen, at SGaang Gwaay Llnagaay in Gwaii Haanas National Park on Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, Canada Gwaii Haanas National Park, on the islands of Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) […]

Stopping to help the stranger

Aug. 9 Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. — Tecumseh

Spending an unexpected and magical evening with wolves

Aug. 7 Wolves may feature in our myths, our history, and our dreams, but they have their own future, their own loves, their own dreams to fulfill. — Anthony Miles, song writer

The Magic of the Wilderness

Aug. 3 There are four types of moving experiences people have in the wilderness — fascination, spirituality, communitas and flow. — Lara Fenton, PhD candidate and river guide Our lead river guide is working on her dissertation about the various types of moving experiences people have in the wilderness. She has a detailed database from […]

Outside our comfort zone on the South Nahanni River

Aug. 2 The road that stretches before our feet is a challenge to the heart long before it tests the strength of our legs. — St Thomas Aquinas

Rafting the South Nahanni – with Augustana and the liberal arts

Aug. 1 I’ve come to think that flourishing consists of putting yourself in situations in which you lose self-consciousness and become fused with other people, experiences, or tasks. It happens sometimes when you are lost in a hard challenge, or when an artist or a craftsman becomes one with the brush or the tool. And […]

Twelve days of rafting

July 30 From the South Nahanni River, Northwest Territories Our transportation Our lodging Our backyard Our kitchen Our dining room Our drinking water Our Nahanni family

Rafting the great expedition rivers of North America

July 18 A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it. — Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in New Jersey v. New York, 283 U.S. 336, 342 (1931)

Which author was right about wilderness?

July 16 A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of laughter more terrible than any sadness-a laughter that was mirthless as the […]