October 29, 2003 ~ Working with Wolves
Up and down and around Jones Mountain today and along the river too for another two and a half hour hike. Autumn is so fleeting. I feel as if I have to cram in as much exposure to it as I can, so that I may have my fill for the year. It is my favorite season, after all, but always over so fast.
It also saddens me that two and a half hours brings me past sunset now. Long hikes won't be so practical soon.
I've been thinking a lot, lately, about the charge that wolf put on me, months ago. She is still just as real to me as she was when I first woke. As much as I try to shake it, I can't lose the feeling that what happened with her was an encounter, a promise, that I must take completely seriously. What have I done? Not much, aside from what I have always done. I should be actively pursuing further ways to help.
Today, I saw a flyer at the college from the service learning office. It listed several local charities that needed volunteer help. Near the bottom, in small print, a wolf and wolf-hybrid rehabilitation sanctuary was listed. I had no idea that one was anywhere nearby. Turns out, it is right next to the college.
They need volunteers. I've filled out an application. I will turn it in tomorrow. Hopefully by the end of next month, I will be volunteering my time there, doing what I can for those amazing, misunderstood animals.
Working with wolves, working for wolves. I think that's a little closer to what she had in mind.