BEND, Ore. — Morning comes. The sun’s early light makes its way over the Cascade Mountain peaks and through the open tent door. The subtle hues add color to the distinguishing landmarks surrounding the campsite. A fish jumps and creates a ripple in the backcountry lake sitting 100 feet away from the sleeping camper, the only person around for miles. The light creeps onto his face, wakes him, and reminds him where he is—the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Morning in a campsite has a different tempo from morning at home. Chipmunks foraging for breakfast replace kids getting ready for school. A loose and ever-changing itinerary of exploration supplants an open computer outlining the day’s events. And closing the zipper on the tent stands in for making the bed.
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