The Vanishing Spirit of America - A Photo Essay

Photo Credit: Captain William E. Simpson

by Capt. William E. Simpson II
4-11-2017
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I have crested the high places of the earth in the darkness to greet the fiery orb rising in the east and the beginning of a new day…

I was nurtured and raised with the unyielding love and protection of a mystic queen…

I have raced with the wind, and won…

I have watched planets and stars move through the evening skies from secret places known only to me…

I have heard angels sing as they greet the newborn…

I have watched the winter’s first snow fall silently upon a perched eagle on a moonlit night…

I have heard the ghostly cries of wolves alone in the darkness…

I have seen my own family slain by the evil that stalks the land…

I have battled for my place in the wilderness and bear the scars of war…

I am a father, a protector and a leader…

My soul is unblemished and my spirit is guided by God…

I live by an unspoken code of honor and respect…

I am a Wild Stallion…

William Simpson is the author of Dark Stallions – Legend of the Centaurians, proceeds from which go towards supporting wild and domestic horse rescue and sanctuary.

Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. Simpson has successfully survived long-term ‘off the grid’ at sea and at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time. He holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial-inspected passenger vessels and he is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot.

Simpson spent his formative years growing up on the family’s working ranch in the mountains of Southern Oregon, where horses were an integral part of the daily life. William left the family ranch to attend college, which turned out to be a stepping stone into a bizarre lifestyle that led him around the world on an entrepreneurial quest. An adventurer at heart, Simpson and his best friend and wife Laura, spent many years at sea during two sailing expeditions (1991-1994 and 2008-2011) where they experienced some of the many wonders and mysteries of nature. Since retiring, Bill and Laura have changed lifestyles and are once again engaged in a new adventure; living an off-grid lifestyle in the remote wilderness of the Siskiyou Mountains, where they enjoy coexisting with herds of wild horses, along with a myriad of other wild animals. The staggering beauty of the local mountains and valleys is awe inspiring and has influenced Bill to frequently write on subjects related to wild horses as well as wild and domestic horse advocacy, rescue and sanctuary.