Dirt bike tracks on lichen-encrusted rock along Lick Creek Road

Another Reason WC Loathes Dirt Bikes


WC has been complaining about dirt bikes for years, especially dirt bikes tearing through the wilderness. However much fun it may be for the folks riding the dirty, noisy and destructive machines, it is a use that precludes pretty much any other use. With noise levels at or above 100dB, they scare away any wildlife.…

North American Beaver, Page Springs, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Notes on Castor Canadensis


One spring evening in 1992, WC’s elkhound, Max, was barking his fool head off in his chain-link fenced run. Thinking it was yet another moose, WC went out to get the mutt. There was no moose. But suddenly something struck the other side of the base of that chain-link fence hard, rattling the length of…

Water meadows in the headwaters of the North Fork of the Payette, August 2018

The Forests Will Return


It’s hard to be outdoors in the Western United States right now. It seems as if we have been in a cloud of wildfire smoke for months. Your eyes water and the back of your throat burns. Your clothes smell like a a drowned campfire. And thousands of fires have reduced too much of Western…

Juniper Slash Pile, Steens Mountain Loop Road, Oregon

Juniper Madness


The smoke of burning juniper wood was said to aid clairvoyance, and was burned for purification and to stimulate contact with the Otherworld at the autumn Samhain fire festival at the beginning of the Celtic year. Maybe dubious contact with the “Otherworld” is the source of the “evidence” behind the campaign to remove Western Junipers…