Solstice Wolf

We were watching an episode of “Northern Exposure” the other night on dvd (great entertainment courtesy of eBay). Do you remember Northern Exposure? It’s a 90’s drama set in Alaska, great story lines and fantastic scenery, it certainly beats most tv these days, in fact we watch dvds of favourite tv shows more than current tv.

The main story-line was about two of the characters, Maurice and Hawling,  taking a tough trip on horseback through the snowy wilderness to fulfil a promise and bury an old friend in a very remote place. Needless to say the journey was not an easy one, the trials and tribulations were due as much to the interactions with people met along the way as to the harsh weather and environment. The parallel story featured “Chris in the morning” doing his radio show where he read aloud each day from some old Jack London stories.

It reminded me that when I was young I loved reading those sort of stories, Buck, White Fang, Jock etc. I loved all adventure stories – sailing, mountains etc but the wilderness stories were my favourites.

It is so cool that I now live in a hilly quiet rural area where it snows a little in winter even when snow doesn’t stay on the ground elsewhere. There is very little traffic up our way, no-one wanders up here unless they work in forestry or have animals grazing on the hill. Last month we have even had a wolf wandering around, we saw her a few times as she wandered around our property, beautiful creature.

I feel very lucky to live in such a lovely place. I used to have to get into a car and travel some distance to walk in beautiful quiet countryside, now I just have to put on my boots and pull the door closed behind me. Still I don’t do that as often as I feel that I should but when I do — I really appreciate it — the peace, lovely birdsong, crickets and grasshoppers chirping, I have lost count of the different grasses, all looking their best now with their beautiful seed heads blowing in the wind.

I never get tired of looking at the views from up here and everyday there is something different to notice. Some days the clouds are low in the sky and the valleys below us disappear in a sea of grey, the tops of the tallest trees standing up like islands.