Hey kids, it's summertime, and BLACK BEAR SPEAKS is shutting down for 2 weeks while I go backpacking in the San Juan range in Colorado. The right column "Great Lakes News" will continue to update automatically with environmental headlines from around the Great Lakes.
The current backpacking plan is to climb Mt. Sheffner in the Sheffner Wilderness Area north of Telluride, Co. We'll be out in the wild for 4 days and 4 nights. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival begins next week, so our desent from the wilderness coincides with the start of the festival. Click here to check out the festival line-up. It includes Bonnie Raitt, Bare Naked Ladies, John Prine, Bela Fleck, Drive By Truckers and much, much more! 10,000 hippies dancing in the sun at 9,000ft! Should be a pretty good time. I hope to make lots of connections, and I hope to meet a few crunchy Earth goddesses to help me re-align all the negative energy that I've been spewing.
Thanks for reading. I sincerely appreciate all the positive email from readers lately, and I hope you keep it up. It's great to know that there are so many like-minded folk out there who really think that our current government is full of shit, that our environmental laws are far to important to be remain in the hands of the Republican congressional assholes, and that this next election will turn everything around. And for those nuts who've sent me a bunch of right-wing spam and religious crap, you all know exactly what I think of you.
I'll be re-energized and will be cranking out lots more in 2 weeks, so check back then. In the meantime, buy some damn books to support this site. Read dammit, read!
bear photo stolen from US Forest Service website