Someone once asked me how I could possibly feel safe spending time in the woods, and still not fear the presence of wolves?

I live in Northern Wisconsin, and do spend a significant amount of time hiking and camping in the woods. Yes, there could be some calculated risk involved, but I am not going to live in fear of that which I cannot control. If a wild predator wanted to attack me while I was in the woods, I suppose it probably could. And I am okay with the logic of that. But that, by no means, should give us reason to be afraid to enjoy an escape into wilderness. That is exactly what nature is intended to be.

W I L D  •  U N T A M E D  •  W I L D E R N E S S

Upon which we enter at our own risk. That’s not to say humans don’t have any place to be there. But we must respect the fact that when we enter the wilderness, we are agreeing to the terms of a different playing field, wherein humans are no longer the ones in charge.

We cannot tame a storm. We can only prepare ourselves for the unforeseen and make calculated decisions based upon when and where we decide to enter that place we call wilderness. And we would be naïve to believe otherwise. That wolves, coyotes, wild cats or any other facet of nature for that matter, should befall to the needs of our species above all others.

Instead of thinking, “the dangerous should be ridden”, perhaps we could learn to respect the fact that we, along with all other living things, are simply trying to get by on this planet together.