Wild Places

Wild Places

Imagine a race across a thousand miles of snow covered backcountry.  Such a race would challenge the competitors’ endurance, fortitude, and survival skills.  The 2015 Iditarod has begun in Alaska and it defines dog sled races.

The Last Great Race

I asked a musher why he puts himself through such an ordeal.  His answer caught me by surprise.  He spoke of the bond between the dogs and the musher.  The musher tends to the dogs needs first.  Only after the dogs are fed, injuries treated, and beds of straw made, does he rest.  Still, he rarely sleeps more than a couple of hours at a time.  By the end of the race, he has depleted himself to the point of hallucination and collapse.

Dog Sled Racing in Alaska

But that wasn’t all he said about the Iditarod.  With a twinkle in his eye he spoke of the long hours spent in wild places…places unchanged by man.  As an old backpacker, I understood exactly what he meant.  We have surrounded ourselves with civilization.  The backcountry nurtures a part of us that is neglected in civilized places.  Fortunately, there is still plenty of backcountry to fill our need for wild places.

Alaskan Backcountry

To the places unchanged by man.

Peace out,


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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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