August 1, 2007, continued
I don't have to catch fish, and I don't have to paddle long and hard to have a successful trip to Canada. I'm not an outdoor fellow in that sense; I'm an outdoor fellow in the sense that I need to see the wind in the trees here, the water, the rock, the great empty stretches.
Coming here each year helps me remember my place in the scheme of things: I am not the crown of creation, but a creature like the rest of the creatures around me. The immensity of the water and rock here make it clear how small I am, and it is good for me to be reminded.