Here Comes Summer: Bumper to Bumper In the Wilderness

We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.

Louie Jiles, 20, of Marietta, Ga., does not have Novelist-Naturalist Wallace Stegner's way with words. But he shares Stegner's feeling for the wilderness areas that have been preserved in the country's National Parks. "I just want to get out in the woods," explained Backpacker Jiles as he descended to the Cades Cove section of the Great Smoky Mountains...

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