Day 122

A great retort

July 26th, 2010


  1. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Good morning, Matt & Hobo Nation. I was concerned if a bear caused Bob Marshall’s premature death, so I googled:

    He died of a heart attack. Now I wonder if a bear caused his heart attack? Keep that spray on the ready, Matt!

  2. Dennis in So Cal says:

    And now it is home to the Hobo Nation!

  3. Shannon says:

    Thank goodness for unspoiled land and preserved nature. There’s not enough of it left in our world, and it’s shrinking ever faster.

  4. Lois says:

    Brahms only wrote 4 symphonies…maybe Bob Marshall should have referenced Haydn who wrote 104. I’m still not sure what symphonies have to do with the wilderness though. Unless we’re talking about the Alpine Symphony by Strauss.

  5. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Candice, I agree, he did die awfully young. What is amazing about him is the fact that in his time he was a bachelor AND had $1.5 million when he died! That is a crazy amount of money for back then! I’m glad he was around to help preserve some of this gorgeous land and then made donations to his favorite causes when he died. YAY him!

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      Me too – I’ve saved that link to my “AsTimePermits” fave folder so I can read up on him in more depth.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      deanna valenti meyer

      He had $1.5 M because he was single! Just kidding.

      He was ahead of his time in his thinking about preserving wilderness areas. If the National Park system was not in place in the United States, what d you think these areas would look like.

      I am so happy we had people with the foresight to create wilderness areas and National Parks. They are a great resource for all of us.

      Here is somemore on Bob Marshall.

      He has his own licence plate in Montana (see below)

  6. deb says:

    A mountain man AND a lover of classical music. Wow!

  7. Corey says:

    After reading the sign my first thought was, “Wolverines exist?!” haha. So I googled them of course:
    Matt, I think you might need to be more worried about them than bears! Sadly, they are probably more endangered than bears but I guess that’s good for you. Just be prepared even if you hear a sound and think it’s only a small animal it may be a wolverine! Or Hugh Jackman creeping around the woods!

    PS. I’ve been loving your journey! A friend of mine posted your blog on facebook 2 weeks ago and so I started at the beginning and haven’t stopped reading since! You should really turn all of these posts into a book. The photography is awesome and the stories of kindness give so much hope! Keep on walkin!! What’s your plan when you arrive in Rockaway OR? Are you going to stay in OR or fly, or walk, back to NY? haha

  8. Karen Too says:

    A couple of hours ago, I posted a link to where one can hear the symphonies, and more, as well as a link to pictures of the Bob Marshall wilderness area, but it’s still “awaiting moderation,” which happens sometimes, so anyone interested can check back here later.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Karen Too

      I get these “awaiting moderation” sometimes.

      I wondered if I should become a moderate Independent, Rebuplican or Demorcat. I am so confused -(NO WISECRACKS FROM ANYONE) I think I just want to take my country back and just be moderate.

  9. Dan says:

    I have hiked a small part of “The Bob” it is a wonderful area to have been preserved. It is not for the most part, spectacular scenery (Like the National Parks), though it has it’s moments. But it is wilderness and wild. Bring your misquito repellent.

  10. Tom B. in Phoenix says:

    Reminds me of another great retort:

    Ben Franklin was present at the first balloon ascension in France in 1783. An observer asked, “But what good is it?” Franklin shrugged and replied, “What good is a newborn babe?”

  11. I noticed tonight looking back through that the background on this almost looks fake because the sky is just so blue and clear! And the mountains in the distance have a smoky gray/brown color to them. Just so awesome.

  12. Janine says:

    Yay! I love information signs. Bob sure was young, but what a great guy. The John Muir of Montana.

  13. Local Montana Boy says:

    For anyone interested in the life of this amazing visionary:

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