In the wilderness lies the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau
Walking in the Tracks of Wolves and Bears – Day 7
Hello from the Toba Valley! We use this day to work on our projects as well as a big research project for the foundation. In the course of the day, we have the opportunity to get to know the forest a little better. Trees. These huge, powerful, beautiful animate beings have a magical allure.
We try to understand them with all of our senses…in every corner of them there is life, everything has its place, nothing is superfluous, nothing worthless. We look at a maple tree, whose trunk is almost completely eaten up but has still managed to continue to grow.
As we return from the forest, the sun is already deep on the horizon. We profit from the last rays of sunshine and swim in the Toba River. Behind a small headland we discover relatively fresh bear tracks.
The ground we walk on here is the same ground as bears, wolves and elk have wandered for centuries, and will continue to do so long after we have lived on this planet. That’s really hard to grasp. Now, we enjoy a breathtaking sunset with a peach-colored sky which is captivatingly reflected in the water of the Toba.