I must pack my short life full of interesting events and creative activity. Philosophy and aesthetic contemplation are not enough. I intend to do everything possible to broaden my experiences and allow myself to reach the fullest development. Then, and before physical deterioration obtrudes, I shall go on some last wilderness trip, to a place I have known and loved. I shall not return.
~ Everett Ruess, letter dated May 2, 1931
Cimarron National Grassland, Kansas
(Much more on Everett coming up in next Sunday’s post…)