In some way, shape or form, each and every one of us has been affected and impacted by our great wilderness. It's hard to believe, but that holds true even in this day and age.
Most obviously, is our food. Whether you eat meat or not, your food has came about from the generosity of our soil. Which makes me want to give thanks to some of our more overlooked resources that benefit us daily.
Soil, what a great place to start. We grow life with it. We build our house on and in it, we put roads over it, we farm it, we live on it. Water, the nectar of life. It keeps us and all living things alive. We drink it, we grow with it, we shower in it, we cook with it, it gives us recreation. It indeed gives us life. How about all the things these two create together. The wood that's in the walls of our homes, the pages from the books we read, it really is endless. All the way from making rubber tires for our cars out of latex producing Hevea trees! Metals, jewels, stones, it's astonishing what our lands provide us with. And for each and every one thing we take from it, I am and will be forever grateful.
Our lives are provided for us by our great wilderness. Not only does it give us life, but it enables us to do the things we do to this very day. We must show thanks and pay back the respects by taking as good of care of it as it does of us. We are only here because of the generosity of our resources. We have got to start taking better care of our world and everything that inhabits it. From every blade of grass, to every shade tree we sit under. Our relationship with our environment is a two way street. Take care of it, and it will return the favor. From Minnesota Outdoor Journal and myself personally, I wish each and every one of you a wonderful day of giving thanks. Happy Thanksgiving and love to you all.
Joshua John Wells
Minnesota Outdoor Journal