I stood there, arms raised, begging my GPS to find a signal. As I crossed the remote mountain border between Colorado and Wyoming on mile 37 of a 92-mile run, the rugged trail I had been following suddenly disappeared into a wall of ghastly gray downed trees, remnants of the recent bark-beetle epidemic. The thick canopy overhead had blocked the fragile link between my GPS and SPOT devices.
Alone, calorie-depleted and far from help, I felt painfully isolated. It was the same feeling I had nine months earlier, as I sat beside my father and watched his life come to a premature end. Devastated by that loss, my life spiraled into an abyss of depression, the path out of grief nowhere in sight.
My dad, Neil, was a kind, joyful man with wavy, gray hair, frequently adorned with a sweat-soaked National Geographic Today ball cap and a plain black T-shirt (also drenched in sweat)—his signature hiking apparel on a hot summer day. Neil was a lover of the wild—wildlife, wild places and— never shy to shout it from the mountaintops— wily me. Our adventures hiking, fishing and hunting in the mountains together instilled in me a same love for the wild, so much so that I decided to become a wildlife biologist to try and conserve what fleeting wildness remains.
I have spent the last seven years studying one of the West’s most iconic wildlife species—the mule deer. Since the year 2000, mule-deer populations in Wyoming have declined by over 40 percent, their seasonal migrations threatened by a growing human footprint. Understanding their movements is a critical piece to the intricate puzzle of ensuring deer will be around for future generations. The landscapes that sustain these epic treks—upwards of 240 miles—are often shared with a host of other human activities, from energy development to outdoor recreation. Fences, highways and railroads crisscross migration routes—some of which have been travelled for thousands of years—limiting the deer’s ability to access critical habitats and making these journeys more perilous than ever.
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You Cannot Erase us
Over the years and through thousands of miles of running, I have thought about the words that marked the beginning of colonialism on the land and the end of Indigenous sovereignty.
Inside The Adaptable Mind
How Courtney Dauwalter uses adaptability to stay cool, calm and collected when the going gets tough.
Take it Easy
How to stay at aerobic pace when you live in the hills
Here Comes the Sun
Where pessimism meets its match
Connecting the Dots
How Laura Cortez uses her passion for trails to build community.
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This Wild Life
ONE MAN’S 92-MILE RUN OF GRIEF AND SELF-DISCOVERY.
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Fueling for Females
Here’s how female runners can use recent research findings for performance breakthroughs
Lose Weight with a Shake
Being a health and nutrition correspondent means that companies frequently send me their products, and ask for my stamp of approval.
RUSH TO READ
Rush’s Geddy Lee will release an “epic” memoir in 2022
STRONG SALES, PROFIT FOR WALMART ON CUSP OF HOLIDAY SEASON
Walmart raised its outlook for the year after another surprisingly strong quarter as the largest retailer in the world flexed its scale to deal with rising costs and a snarled global supply chain.
Bill Gates Venture Picks Wyoming City for Sodium Nuke Plant
A small city in the top U.S. coal-mining state of Wyoming will be home to a Bill Gates-backed experimental nuclear power project near a coalfired power plant that will soon close, officials announced Tuesday.
WANNABE COWBOYS RIDE THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
It was our first visit to the U.S. While indulging in stale airline snacks in cattle class on our way to Texas from South Africa, we had a good laugh about all the contradicting and varied opinions of the U.S. we’d heard.
Cynthia Lummis, Crypto Queen Of The U.S. Senate
The Wyoming Republican explains why she’s long on bitcoin.
Y&R: GENOA CITY HONORS NEIL
To celebrate the life and times of the much-beloved Neil Winters, Y&R is devoting an entire episode to the character, who passed away in April 2019. “Y&R has done a really great job at putting together this episode that’s really unique,” praises Bryton James, who plays Neil’s adopted son, Devon. “I think it’s a really cool concept. It’s not just a traditional thing of everyone just gathered around and talking about Neil. It utilizes the entire world of Genoa City.”
Lorie Forman LOOKING Great at 48!
Lorie Forman turned pro as a Bikini competitor at the 2015 NPC Universe, and was the first woman to score three pro card wins in one show and in every division she entered: Bikini Open, Masters Over 35 and Masters Over 40 and took home the Masters overall. But that’s not Lorie’s only remarkable achievement: at age 48, she looks and feels like a twenty-something athlete.
NEBRASKA COULD LET STATE BANKS OFFER CRYPTOCURRENCY SERVICES
Nebraska banks that want to cash in on the cryptocurrency tech craze could start offering services to customers who own Bitcoin and other digital assets under a bill backed by Monday state lawmakers.
YA SCI-FI THRILLER ‘VOYAGERS' DOESN'T QUITE TAKE OFF
The most surprising thing about “ Voyagers,” a sci-fi thriller about a group of young adults who have been tasked with travelling to and repopulating a new planet, is that it isn’t based on a Young Adult book series. Writer and director Neil Burger, who was also behind the “Divergent” films apparently decided to cut out the Intellectual Property middleman and make his own YA statement. That said, it does borrow heavily from quite a few other sources, with shades of “Lord of the Flies,” “The Giver,” “Ender’s Game,” “Euphoria” and any number of space madness films.
Reminiscing Over Dinosaurus!
“Alive! After 70 million years! Roaring! Walking! Destroying!” (Ad line for Dinosaurus!)