QOTM: Vision

“What was so perplexing to me was the way Grandfather [Stalking Wolf] would find a fossil. He didn’t have to lie on his belly and search for hours as we did. Instead, he would walk right over to a stone and pick it up. It was as if he saw the stone from many feet away and knew right where to go. What was most exasperating was that he would always find the most beautiful and whole fossil, one that could easily become our most prized piece…

Sheepishly, I asked Grandfather what he did to always find such beautiful fossils. ¬†He smiled at me knowingly and said, ‘The stones simply tell me where the best are to be found.'”

— Tom Brown Jr.,¬†Grandfather


QOTM: Experiences

“English is a bad language for certain kinds of words. It hasn’t got much for ideas like wholeness of feeling. Nature is the best word English can come up with to describe something as various yet as indivisible as the bond between all living things. Most of what it feels like to be there in the woods is inexpressible in any language. The only language for some things is experience. Some experiences simply do not translate. You have to go to know.”

— Tom Brown Jr., The Tracker


“To the scout, each day is filled with adventure, excitement, intensity, and play. Life is a huge playpen, waiting for the scout to break routine and move out of context, becoming invisible to everyone. Wilderness becomes his home, and the life of society becomes his wilderness…”

— Tom Brown Jr., The Way of the Scout


“The first track is the end of a string. At the far end, a being is moving; a mystery, dropping a hint about itself every so many feet, telling you more about itself until you can almost see it, even before you come to it. The mystery reveals itself slowly, track by track, giving it’s genealogy early to coax you in. Further on, it will tell you the intimate details of it’s life and work, until you know the maker of the track like a lifelong friend.”

–Tom Brown Jr.

The Tracker