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Radiant Days: Writings by Enos Abijah Mills

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By Enos Abijah Mills

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I have known many a man with a compass to become hopelessly lost. One who makes a mental log of his movements, who knows where he is every minute, will be able to return to camp without a compass or even without landmarks. In back-tracking myself I discovered a number of Nature's points of the compass, pointers that I had not before noticed. They were plentiful enough and I was surprised not to have seen them earlier. These were made by the prevailing westerly winds. Piles of tumbleweeds against the westerly sides of sagebrush clumps.

To some persons life must be hardly worth living. If any normal per- son under fifty cannot enjoy being in a storm in the wilds, he ought to reform at once. Mills's enduring theme is that Nature provides her own timeless wisdom in bringing health to body and to soul. The cycle of human life and all life includes insuring the young opportunity to survive, helping the mature to thrive, and allowing the old to die with integrity. Page xxix He continually insists that the spell of the high country can transform human nature through a consciousness of freedom so immediate and profound as to become childlike play.

Then I walked upon the ashes of a camp-fire that appeared familiar. The tracks were my own. Here within five hundred feet of Buffalo Camp I had spent last night. This experience showed me that the supreme camping test for an outdoor fellow is finding the way back to camp. He cannot do this with a compass alone unless he turn surveyor and make notes every little while. I have known many a man with a compass to become hopelessly lost. One who makes a mental log of his movements, who knows where he is every minute, will be able to return to camp without a compass or even without landmarks.

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