Morgan Sjogren ➸ Running Bum

Writing to protect the soul of wild spaces

‘Sponsored by Zappos’ Prior to the pandemic my home was the road. Though I travelled far and wide around the west and world, I began to narrow in my homeland as the space within the Colorado Plateau. This dynamic 130,000 square mile landscape, where the desert meets the mountains, has been shaped by water and …

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This story originally appeared in The Gulch Magazine Issue 10. “Look Mr. Whiskers – we found your name again!” We stop to examine another trailside inscription along the sandstone flanking Navajo Mountain. Earlier this spring, my companions Steve and a husky mutt named Phil joined me on a backpacking trip circumnavigating Navajo Mountain. Equipped with a …

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Photo Credit Jay Kolsch You are uninviting, treacherous and hostile but also hauntingly beautiful, mesmerizing, inescapable. I am possessed by enigma. Unable to resist long trips to see you. Deep inside your canyons I find myself in a lovesick spell, drawn towards each twist, turn, pour off and log jam with no concern for the …

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