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The 200+ mile adventure through the American Prairie Reserve in Montana was "Heaven".

September 26, 2015View for printing

Day after day spent outdoors in stunning nature, palavering over big ideas and possibilities. No phone calls, meetings, e-mails, deadlines or appointments. Good companionship. Nothing hectic. Heaven.

The adventure is complete. The last night in camp we talked about personal insights gleaned from our 200+ mile wanderings. The most pervasive sentiment focused on the value of slowing life down for such an extended period of time -- days on end. Roaming widely on foot, mountain bike and in canoes provided exactly what we'd expected. It extended and expanded our conversations about this grand project. It allowed us to engage in rolling dialogues that stretched on for days, centered on American Prairie Reserve's long term vision, the challenges we are facing and will face in the next few decades, and the satisfying and tangible accomplishments we and so many visitors are enjoying to date.

Simplicity was another favorite. Get up, eat, walk or pedal away, rest a bit, talk, glass the countryside for wildlife, note the subtle and fascinating colors and shapes in the landscape. Eat again, arrive into camp, rinse off with the sun shower, grab a beer and sit down, talk, eat, watch the stars, sleep again.

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