Wandering my way to the Lapponian Gates

March 5th, 2014, 2pm

When I was young, I loved my dad’s green hardcover copy of Lost in the Barrens, a book written by Farley Mowatt in the 1950s. It tells the story of two boys working together to survive while stranded in the Canadian Arctic.

There’s something timeless about the lands of the north. The stunted trees give way to snow-covered rock in a landscape that hasn’t been lacerated with the roads and fields of civilization. Standing among the birch with a moose and her two calves resting nearby, I felt the quiet balance of Lapland: a fragile ecosystem that to me, in that moment, seemed endless.

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Jonathon Reed

Cheerful wanderer. Passionate about breakfast and jumping off high things. Exploring is in my blood.

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