My son Matt, on spring break, is hiking and camping with some friends in the back country of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. They drove out there from Minnesota in a snowstorm. Here is a quotation from that old desert goat Edward Abbey, who loved Canyonlands. I think Matt will appreciate it.
Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast, a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive. Edward Abbey