Here is another of Charlie's favorite quotes, one he lived by less than he wished he had in the end. Dan Disner read these words at Charlie's memorial service. Many of us know them pretty much by heart, especially after the Two Forks Dam hearings.
Several times, long before his diagnosis, Charlie said that if he ever found he had a fatal illness, he'd strap on his backpack and start hiking the Colorado Trail, ending wherever he fell. Things didn't play out that way for him. I hope everyone who reads this is moved to give thought to the truly important aspects of life. Yes, heed Charlie's request that he be honored by your volunteerism, but please look after yourself and get out there to appreciate all you are helping to preserve. And please invite me along every now and then.
--- Gloria Shone
One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am --- a reluctant enthusiast...a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.
--- Edward Abbey