Dividends of the Good Life

This is a quote from Sigurd F. Olson, a legendary outdoorsman/wilderness advocate/nature writer with whom I share a birthday (though his came nearly seventy years before mine):

It is hard to place a price tag on these things, on the sounds and smells and memories of the out-of-doors, on the countless things we have seen and loved. They are the dividends of the good life.

I love this river, this bank. Over the years I have stood here many, many times, in all hours of daylight and dusk, in every season, in just about every kind of weather. Alone or with company, including five different dogs. Today, while Bucky tore around in the bushes I watched a large heron wading the opposite bank, slowly and carefully. Then a bald eagle soared overhead. I was cranky when I arrived, but not when I left. Dividends, indeed.

Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

6 thoughts on “Dividends of the Good Life”

  1. recently we stopped at the local “extreme fun center” just to check it out. when we left, i said “my extreme fun center is my hill and my forest.” i’m sure you know what i mean.

  2. When you stop and look at the details of the non-man made world around you and the incredible stretch of time contained and reflect on the growing evidence of our close connectedness with other living things it creates a space that dwarfs daily angers and disappointments.

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