* “Im drawn to open country. It’s where everything becomes clear, where the world makes the most sense. When I put myself out there, I always return with something new. A friend once told me: The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning, you didn’t even think to ask.”
* “The word ‘adventure’ has just gotten overused. For me, adventure is when everything goes wrong. That’s when the adventure starts” (Yvon).
* “I am an old deer from the mountains. We are related to deer. Don’t forget it” (Old Villager at March).
* “How can people who are trapped in the city try to create a more ecologically minded world if you don’t know that it’s possible. A good example of how people become closed off from their ecosystems is with their walkmen or iPods. So you start to further close yourself off. You don’t want to breathe the dirty air, you don’t want to hear because it’s annoying, you don’t want to look because it’s ugly. That is why we don’t understand nature, love it or take care of it. We don’t realize that we depend on it psychologically and physically 100%-”
* “I think first and foremost, people only protect the things they love. And you can’t love something unless you inherently identify with it. -Kris Tompkins
* “This journey was like going back in time. Like seeing North America before it got dominated by industry. But for these people, it’s not some nostalgic trip into the past, it’s their present. Their hard work and ability to live simply with the land is proof that we can learn from tradition. These people have shown me that if you love a place, you have a duty to protect it. And to love a place, you must know it first.”
* “It’s easy for us to blindly consume, when we dont see the effects it has on other places. The hardest thing in the world is to simply your life, it’s so easy to make it complex. What’s important is leading an examined life because most of the damaged caused by humans is caused unintentionally, I think. And in response to people saying,’You can’t go back.’ and I say, ‘Well what happens when you get to the edge of the cliff. Do you take one step forward or do 180° turn and take one step forward? Which way you goin’? Which is progress?’ The solution to many of the world’s problems maybe to turn around and to take a forward step. You can’t just keep trying to make a flawed system work.”
* “My whole life, i’ve been drawn to open country. I always return home a little different. But i know now, we can no longer take it for granted. When open country is gone, we will be gone with it.”
* “I’ve met a lot of young people who ask me what books to read, or what films to watch. I think its a good way to start, but there’s no substitute for just going there.”