February 2013

Edward Abbey pounds out his thoughts

Road Trips of the Mind: Edward Abbey

Date February 14, 2013

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Sometimes you can’t hit the open road. And that’s okay.

Just crack a book by Edward Abbey and, well, you can come pretty damn close.

And Desert Solitaire?

Well, that’s as good as they come.

Abbey’s writing practically begs you to stuff a rasher of bacon and some coffee in a pack and sling hemp rope over your shoulder and set out for points unknown.

“Late in August the lure of the mountains becomes irresistible. Seared by the everlasting sunfire, I want to see running water again, embrace a pine tree, cut my initials in the bark of an aspen, get bit by a mosquito, see a mountain bluebird, find a big blue columbine, get lost in the firs, hike above timberline, sunbathe on snow and eat some ice, climb the rocks and stand in the wind at the top of the world…”
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

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