Seethe or breathe.

[ usa, southwest alaska. lake clark national park. by NPAC photos]

Ever notice how, when you’re upset amongst the busy crowd, there’s a greater tendency to burrow within yourself and seethe, then if you had escaped into the open?

One usually breathes better free of the context that gave its angst.

Even better where one can find fresh air, vast views, quiet waters, and no people. Lake Clark is the most solitary of all US national parks, with fewer than 4,000 people a year (compare with the grand canyon, which get a steady trample of over 5 million pairs of feet).

Lake Clarke in Alaska is only accessible by small aircraft or boat. It holds the last, and largest, wild salmon fishery on earth.

Perhaps as petty worries fall away in the crisp unfettered air, one would feel inspired to live as proenneke did, in philosophy if not in lifestyle.

My hands would know better than to claim more than it can handle; i would respect impersonal, bitter winds for what they are.

But where men go, particularly under the guise of big business, troubles brew: mining plans are currently underway to build a 1-million-acre industrial district.

“I can’t imagine a worse location for a mine of this type unless it was right in my kitchen here in Lake Clark,” noted Jay Hammond, former governor of Alaska.  – the examiner


Photos here gives breathtaking windows into another world:

Clouds and Telaquana Mountains above Turquoise Lake, from the middle of the lake. Lake Clark National Park (color)Turquoise Lake and Telaquana Mountain. Lake Clark National Park (color)Turquoise Lake, midnight sunset. Lake Clark National Park (color)Aerial view of Chigmit Mountains. Lake Clark National Park (black and white)


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