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It is interesting to note that Everett was fundamentally different from many who go off into the wild and do not return. While Everett sought the lonely trail, he was also a passionate and dedicated correspondent. He wrote long and beautiful letters to his family members and friends, often including his poetry. He shared his life, emotions, questions, and beliefs. He painted watercolors, sketched, and made blockprints, most of which he sent or brought home to his family. He did not hike alone in the wilderness simply to explore or escape; he did it to reflect on his place in the world and to share his discoveries with others. This book is possible not only because of Everett's gifts of reflection and expression, but because of his natural desire to share his profound revelations with those willing to receive those gifts.
For us, Everett will always be the missing uncle, much more than just a young artist, poet, and wanderer. But for all of you, may he and our father serve as guides; whatever trail you follow, follow it with beauty, passion, conviction, and a willingness to share. It is time to live!