13 August 2005

American wilderness

Just this morning I was talking with a couple of Europeans, and I mentioned that one big difference from the US I'd noted when I went to Europe as an adult was that there was no real wilderness in Europe. Scotland, for instance, had been described as "wild", but I found it almost impossible to get out of sight of a building, let alone 50km from a road.

Anyway, my friends seemed skeptical that there was anything in the US like I was describing. But from today's news, rangers in a wilderness area recently discovered a 122-meter waterfall that had been known only from legend. Here's the thing — they had looked for it before, and not been able to find it.

Now that's wilderness.

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