I just got back from a week in the Marble Mountains wilderness of Northern California with the wildlands education and residency organization Signal Fire. Ten artists and activists, from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, trekked through ancient forests, apocalyptic burns, and across high alpine ridges to an isolated high-mountain lake. Along the way we shared thoughts and discussion about the work that we do, how we do it, and why wild lands and wild nature are important to it. It was an amazing experience, which you can have a bit of a vicarious experience of through photo essays here and here. I strongly encourage any and all artists and activists to apply to their variety of amazing outdoor programs!