Behind the Ranges: Why we explore the unknown

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Saddle in New Creek Mountain from near Skyline, West Virginia

I think that most explorers are motivated by a shared sense of curiosity — a need to know what lies beyond. Beyond the ridge. Behind the ranges. Beyond field and forest. Many of my own country drives and woodland hikes are lengthened simply by the need to see what’s around another turn.

Fellow explorer this week shared a passage from the 1898 poem The Explorer, by , which Harriette said she felt perfectly captured that impetus.  The poem has been interpreted to imply that such explorations are divinely inspired.

by the Kipling Society. And, please, feel free to believe that your need to look behind the ranges, to find something lost behind the ranges, is divinely inspired.

 

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