Today is Earth Day, a time when many people are looking for ways to unplug from modern living’s frantic, continuously-updated, 24-hour cycle of white noise and just get back to the real. A little peace. A little quiet. A little solitude.

From the story in the New York Times:
For the last 16 years, Nick Fahey has been living on an island in the San Juan archipelago north of Puget Sound, in Washington state, where his only full-time companion is a 26-year-old quarter horse called Ig. Mr. Fahey, 67, lives in a cabin on 100 wooded acres that has been in his family since 1930; it has no refrigerator, but there is electricity generated by solar panels, so he has light and can charge his cellphone.

Getting away from it all: it’s a common fantasy. But for some people, fantasizing isn’t enough For whatever reason — the desire for peace and quiet in an increasingly frenetic world, an attempt to escape the intrusiveness of technology or the need for an isolated place to recover from heartbreak — they feel compelled to act out the fantasy, seeking the kind of solitude found only in the remotest locations

Sounds an awful lot like many of the reasons we go hunting and fishing, no? You know, when you think about it, we’re the luckiest people on earth, because we’ve already found our center. Just grab a rod, a gun, or a bow and slip quietly into the woods, and there it is, waiting for us. Millions of unhappy people are looking desperately for something we take for granted. Makes you shake you head in wonder, doesn’t it?