Keep some wilderness in your life

Wilderness areas serve as a baseline to judge all other things in life and remind us to be humble.

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:21 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | Author
"In Defense of Hunting"

I recently returned from a week in Alaska. I went with high expectations to bring home a big box of salmon fillets, but in three days fishing the Kenai River, all I got was one 16-inch Dolly Varden that soon thereafter became a tasty dinner.

The first push of sockeyes had surged through. They had passed by and were upstream at the Russian River. The second run had not yet come up the river, and the water was high and murky as the record high temperatures of 85 degrees and higher melted ...

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