The Journey Home by Edward Abbey

“…there is much of great interest and beauty if you take the time and make the effort to see it. But you must get out of your car. You’ve got to be willing to walk.”

The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West is a collection of essays written by Edward Abbey (author of Desert Solitaire). It is half satirical writings, half memoir. My favorite essays were “Disorder and Early Sorrow” about the trip to Big Bend National Park that cost Edward a fiancee; “Fire Lookout: Numa Ridge” about the the summer Edward and his wife spent manning the Numa Ridge Fire Tower in Glacier National Park; and “Down the River with Major Powell” about a rafting trip along the Green River thru what is now Canyonlands National Park. It was very interesting to read about parts of Edward Abbey’s life and his thoughts about where the world was headed and what that would mean for the American wilderness.

“Come on in. The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone – and to no one.”