3 comments on “The Autumn Adventures of Ozark Bill Continues – Mark Twain National Forest

  1. How is it possible that in nearly 31 years of living in the Ozarks I have yet to see Red Bluff RA and Hodgson Mill?! Criminal! Red Bluff, especially, makes me squirm in my seat with desire.

    A word from Thoreau on “Screaming Pines”:

    “Strange that so few ever come to the woods to see how the pine lives and grows and spires, lifting its evergreen arms to the light, — to see its perfect success; but most are content to behold it in the shape of many broad boards brought to market, and deem that its true success! But the pine is no more lumber than man is, and to be made into boards and houses is no more its true and highest use than the truest use of a man is to be cut down and made into manure. There is a higher law affecting our relation to pines as well as to men. A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man. Can he who has discovered only some of the values of whalebone and whale oil be said to have discovered the true use of the whale? Can he who slays the elephant for his ivory be said to have “seen the elephant”? These are petty and accidental uses; just as if a stronger race were to kill us in order to make buttons and flageolets of our bones; for everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” [The Maine Woods]

    Wow. Love that man.

  2. Thanks Stephen. Another awesome bit of HDT. Red Bluff is seriously something special and I haven’t even seen most of it yet. A definite potential place for an excursion sometime.

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