Editor’s note: Here’s the first of what we hope will be many guest contributions to the HumaNature blog. (Have an idea for a post? Get in touch!) Susan Anderson, from Evanston, WY, offers encouraging thoughts fitting for the conclusion of an especially acrimonious political campaign season.

 

A recent interview with Ira Glass on Wyoming Public Radio caught my ear. In it, he praised HumaNature for having a “weird” mission. But is telling stories about human experiences in nature weird? Not in Wyoming, at any rate.

Driving across our vast state, one can’t help but wonder “what is out there?” With such an expansive state moving across my windshield, it seems as though we are only specks in this landscape.

Photos from the Anderson family’s summer 2016 Wyoming road trip. L-R: Jonah, Susan, Josh, and Anna Anderson

Photos from the Anderson family’s summer 2016 Wyoming road trip. L-R:
Jonah, Susan, Josh, and Anna Anderson

 

Photos from the Anderson family’s summer 2016 Wyoming road trip.

 

My daily routines as a mom, wife, and high school teacher can become overwhelming and monotonous. But by going into nature, I am reminded of being a speck, part of a much larger picture. I’m enlivened by the question “What is out there?”

And when you look around and immerse yourself in nature—whether you are hiking, ranching, mountain biking, skiing, hunting, camping, riding a horse (or ATV or snowmobile)—you breathe deep and remember: no matter your religion, political party, work, school, or beliefs, our close connection to nature is the most unifying experience in our state. We are all part of a landscape larger than ourselves.

Susan Anderson

 

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