The Wilderness Within, 5th ed. [ebook]

Reflections on Leisure and Life
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It is time for the park and recreation profession to distinguish itself as a chief caretaker and celebrant of this planet’s wondrous web of life.

It is our obligation, our duty, to do everything in our power to create a more peaceful world, a more connected world, a more caring world, in our lifetime.

What better use to make of our work? What better use to make of our leisure? What better use to make of our freedom?

Help make our profession one that brings out the best in people, one that cultivates respect and compassion for all life, one that inspires each of us to ponder deeply what it means to be fully human.

Think big thoughts. Help make the park and recreation profession one that can lead the way.

Table of Contents: 

Critical Acclaim for Previous Editions
Prologue: Angel Fire, New Mexico

Part One—The California Years

1    In Search of Rescue
2    The World According to Gorp
3    The Myth of Comfort
4    The Wilderness Within: Reflections on a 100-Mile Run
5    Inside, Outside, Upside Down: The Grand Canyon as a Learning Laboratory
6    Recreational Usufruct Rights
7    The Incident at “New” Army Pass
8    Recreational Ethics in a World of Limits
9    The Barrenlands
10    Fly Fishing with B. L. Driver
11    To Feed or Not Feed the Bears: The Moral Choices We Make
12    Coyote Gulch
13    Looking Inward to Save the Outdoors
14    Back in the USSR
15    Peace, Leisure, and Recreation
16    Soldier Lake
17    Leave It to Beaver
18    Betting on Big Bertha
19    Time for Pool: The Surprising Way . . .
20    Easy Street
21    Peggy Sue’s Diner

Part Two—The Florida Years

22    Fakahatchee Strand
23    Wasting Away in Boca Grande
24    Buffalo Tiger’s Dilemma
25    Confessions of a Technological Resistance Fighter
26    The Professor Who Mistook His Life for a Stat
27    Land as Legacy
28    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: The Politics of
Environmental Preservation
29    I’m Back in the Saddle Again
30    A Leopoldian Success Story: Mojave National Preserve
31    Remembering Manzanar
32    Is This Heaven?
33    Saturday Night at the Lazy “B” Bar and Café
34    Free Spirit
35    Wilderness and Everyday Life
36    Mapping the Geography of Hope
37    Were You Ever Out in the Great Alone?

Part III—The Utah Years

38    Westward Ho!
39    Hey Diddle Diddle
40    The Basketmakers
41    Writing People Back Into Wilderness
42    Gates of Lodore
43    Desolation Sound
44    A Walk in the Park
45    Lunch with Hayduke
46    Sky Pilot
47    Fishing Off the Dock of the Bay
48    Friendship
49    Antidote to Despair

Postscript—My Life in Higher Education

50    Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
51    Joe Arave
52    Professor Dog
53    Ariadne’s Thread
54    In Defense of Not Knowing
55    Mark Twain on Darkness and Lightness in Social Science
56    On Penmanship
57    Writing My Own Ending


58    Like Light Passing through a Prism
59    Gardening as a Subversive Activity
60    The Power of Possibility
61    Democracy Is a Verb

About the Author

About the Author(s)

Daniel L. Dustin

Daniel L. Dustin is a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in the College of Health at the University of Utah.

He served previously as the Department Chair at Utah, and before that as Frost Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Florida International University in Miami, and as professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at San Diego State University.

Dr. Dustin's academic interests center on environmental stewardship and the moral and ethical bases for leisure and recreation activity preferences and behaviors. A past president of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators (SPRE) and the Academy of Leisure Sciences, he is a recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association's Literary Award.

In 1994, he was named an honorary lifetime member of the California Park Rangers Association for his contributions to the literature of outdoor recreation planning and policy, and in 2001 he received the SPRE Distinguished Colleague Award for a lifetime of achievement.

Publications in which he was a contributing author or editor include: Wilderness in America: Personal Perspectives; Beyond Promotion and Tenure: On Being a Professor; For the Good of the Order: Administering Academic Programs in Higher Education; Stewards of Access/Custodians of Choice: A Philosophical Foundation for the Park and Recreation Profession; Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic; The Wilderness Within: Reflections on Leisure and Life; Making a Difference in Academic Life: A Handbook for Park, Recreation, and Tourism Educators and Graduate Students;Service Living: Building Community through Public Parks and Recreation; Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Working for Social and Environmental Justice in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; and Just Leisure: Things that We Believe In.