Did you know Bigfoot(or Sasquatch) isn't a lonesome hermit? He has a wife named Dzonoqua, the Wild Woman of the Woods for the Pacific Northwest Coast Native Americans. She whistles "woo woo" from the forest, trying to lure people to her lair. Some she eats(the nasty whiny ones), and some she gifts with canoes, food, tools, supernatural powers and a life happily ever after. A fun book about the whole Bigfoot saga is Where Bigfoot Walks, Crossing the Great Divide by Robert Michael Pyle. Here is a poem about Dzonoqua: http://dzonoquaswhistle.blogspot.com/2007/01/mask-around-corner-from-princes-and.html (you can find the mask in the Portland Art Museum, they have an awesome collection of Northwest Native American art).
In 2007 I participated in the internet BioBlitz(more info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioBlitz). I counted species on a rough acre-sized plot on the hill behind my house here in the Coast Range of Oregon, Yamhill County.
"You don't stop hiking because you get too old, you get too old because you stop hiking"--(sic and paraphrase by a guy I can't remember)
"I'd rather be ashes than dust. I would rather my spirit go out in a burning flame than that it be stifled with dry rot. I would rather be a splendid meteor, streaking across the sky,every atom in my being a magnificent glow, than to be a sleepy and permanent planet. For life is to be lived and not to just exist,and I will not waste my precious, precious days simply trying to prolong them. I will use every moment of my time, and I will live every day to the fullest."- - - Jack London
"...a spiritual landscape exists within the physical landscape. To put it another way, occasionally one sees something fleeting in the land, a moment when line, color, and movement intensify and something sacred is revealed..."--Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams
"Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to mankind. Walking is the exact balance of spirit and humility."--Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild