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It was good to be back in the wilderness again,
I was alone, just me and the animals.
It was a great feeling, free once more
to plan and do as I pleased.
Beyond was all around me.
I suppose I was here because
this was something I had to do.
I suppose, too, I was here to test myself.
Not that I had never done it before,
but this time, it was to be a more thorough
and lasting examination.
What was I capable of that I didn't know yet?
And was I equal to everything
with its bone-stabbing cold, its ghostly silence?
At age fifty-one, I intended to find out.
to my pile of cabin logs I had cut last July.
That had been a big job last summer!
Hard work, but I enjoyed it.
It was cool at the timber, and there were
mornings I could see my breath.
It was in the late spring of 1968, that Dick Proenneke
and to roam a wilderness through
the help of a tripod-mounted camera.
It was time to be moving on.
I was anxious to get to Spike's cabin
to see if it was the way I had left it last September.
and there it was.
the peak of the roof.
A tin can on its stove pipe,
until my own cabin was completed.
A good stove, two bunks and a roof that didn't leak.
It's May 22nd.
Especially in this big country.
I don't want to miss anything.
to pack my third and last load of gear.
alive with animals.
Almost noon before I got back to the cabin.
The rest of the day, I devoted to my tools.
And I hadn't had to pack it in either.
The same with the handles I made for the wood augers,
the wide-bladed chizel and the files.
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