Last week, Tom Bell, the founder of High Country News, passed away at age 92. Tom wrote many inspiring pieces throughout his life – including the following essay, titled High Country, in 1970. We find it especially inspiring and relevant this summer, as we plan to expand our outdoor programming for kids in Central Oregon. And while not every kid is going to have the same experience Tom did, we want every kid to at least have a glimpse at the connection and power of the outdoors. We want more kids outside, interacting with the natural world, because we’ve seen firsthand how this makes a life long impact. Have 5 minutes? Give it a read!