The Great Wild Silence

Encountering the Ineffable in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness

West Canada Lake Lean-to

At West Lake there are no trucks or cars roaring in the distance, no train whistles, nothing to suggest the bustling world beyond the trees but a crosshatch of contrails left by jets in the sky above. The only structure standing next to the lake is a hiker’s shelter. The nearest road of any sort is six miles away as the…

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Walt McLaughlin

Walt McLaughlin

Philosopher of wildness, writing about the divine in nature, being human, and backcountry excursions.