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Reflections On Wilderness

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"Reflections on Wilderness," by Allison Linville.

"As a child, I didn't know about the 1964 Wilderness Act, but I knew about the places. My first wilderness memory is hiking in the Sawtooth Wilderness with my family, and the most defined image I have of that trip is watching my dad's heels on the trail. For eight miles, I followed those heels, wondering when they would stop, at times running a few steps to catch up to them. His big, red backpack bounded on his back and I watched the dust collect on his shoes. I wasn't sure then that hiking was something I enjoyed, but I remember the turquoise lake where we were the only campers. Hiking was hard, in my nine-year-old head, but I understood the rewards."

(Broadcast: Fieldnotes, 8/31/14 & 9/1/14)

Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.