Each couple easily gathered twice as much rice as Amy and me. When asked about it, Johnnie just smiled and talked about a couple she riced with long ago who made the process look effortless.
Their teaching ranged far from ricing to hanging tarps and using a crooked knife, identifying plants and appreciating tiny details sitting right under our noses. Most importantly they taught us that while we have learned a lot during our Year in the Wilderness, we have just skimmed the surface. There are many lifetimes worth of knowledge hidden in this amazing Wilderness. If we listen, learn and practice, I hope that someday we can be the canoe dancing effortlessly through the rice, smiling as we spin yarns about our week in the woods with Bert, Johnnie, Lynden and Lawson.
This place is our home, our lives are intertwined with the water, forests and wetlands that are threatened by Twin Metals and other sulfide-ore copper mines being proposed along the southern edge of the Wilderness. We must speak loudly for this quite place. Visit http://ift.tt/1x2erSX and help us protect our jobs, our way of life and our nation’s most popular Wilderness area.
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