Edward Abbey's Last Public Appearance

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Here's a picture taken by Charles A. Hedgcock at an Earth First! rally in Tucson on March 4th, 1989. This was scanned in from a faded issue of the EF! Journal for March 21, 1989. According to the author, this was Ed Abbey's last public appearance. He had done a reading from the chapter in his (at that time) upcomming Hayduke Lives! on the EF! Round River Rendezvous.

The quote below is stated as being from his preface to the reissued Desert Solitare.

Photo (C) Charles A. Hedgcock
Used by permission. (Thanks Charles!)

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you ----beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.
Edward Abbey

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