Finding Your Way, When Home is Being Lost in the Wilderness

Trailhead © 2014 Bo Mackison

Trailhead © 2014 Bo Mackison

“I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map…nights alone in motels in remote western towns where I know no one and no one I know knows where I am… I have lost myself though I know where I am.

Moments when I say to myself as feet or car clear a crest or round a bend, I have never seen this place before. Times when some architectural detail on a vista that has escaped me these many years says to me I never did know where I was, even when I was home.”

~ Rebecca Solnit, in A Field Guide to Getting Lost

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gandalf says:

    Sounds like the quote fits you like a glove (and not the OJ kind of fit). Wonderful photo, it calls out to me to explore.

  2. This – the photo and the quote – make me ITCH to travel again.

  3. “I never did know where I was, even when I was home.” THAT is what speaks to me here. You know what I mean.

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