This little guy was placed at the welcome center in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Such an interesting museum of mining and cultural artifacts of the area! One of the thoughts running through my head was how difficult it must have been to migrate west through the Rockies in search of gold that often was not found. The itinerant culture of miners and trackers must have been very similar to the dislocated individuals who are without long term housing, income and support. In an era of comfort where many public places provide air conditioning and public transit is more than a covered wagon, I wonder how disconnected we have become to our natural environment. What makes one living standard better than another? In third world economies, many people deal with the environment on a daily basis rather than escaping the comfortable confines of modernity, of which I am a guilty participant.