Mike Elrick knew how to stay warm. He loved to wrap himself from head to toe in wool; the author pictures Mike as a wool-clad moccasin-footed snow walker twisting into lampwick harnesses with his trail axe looped through his belt. Mike looked forward to winter and welcomed a drop in the mercury--the lower the better! He loved the physical work of life on the winter trail and never stopped moving long enough to get cold. Mike had a self-professed devotion to a wood fire and he shared his spiritual connection to wood openly with others. Mike also loved the physical act of working with wood. In addition to keeping himself warm, Mike was passionate about creating and sharing that warmth with others. He provided a cozy loving home heated with wood for his family, he kindled all of his friendships with deep affection and anyone who met him would instantly feel the warmth radiating from his signature smile. He warmed the hearts and minds of educators with his published writings that shared his passion for teaching outdoor and environmental education. His commitment to traditional camping principles and philosophies created an endearing glow in the memories of his students. As a true dweller of place he was able to see the land with elements of sacredness. This is one of Mike's lasting legacies. He felt that not having a sacred place was the missing link in effective teaching for the environment.