Never in September

Through practice I’ve come to see the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering I findContinue reading “Never in September”

Safe from the Storm

There is always a way to look at the world that can make you happy. Orville There was never a time in my life when I made a conscious decision to make hiking a central focus, though there were many scattered moments, beginning in childhood, when I knew that a mountain trail held something specialContinue reading “Safe from the Storm”

Cool Clear Water

Every rock I could see was under the influence of water. I stood almost blinded by the animation, knowing that even when the place went dry I would be able to see it, the rocks and canyons as scrolled and driven as floodwater itself. I could only bow my head to this. This is theContinue reading “Cool Clear Water”

Spirit Lake 1959

Remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. Rumi No one would have accused my parents of being neglectful, nor of failing to enforce the rules that kept a child safe from the evils that lurk in dark corners. My world was a circumscribed section of the neighborhood that included the vacant lotContinue reading “Spirit Lake 1959”

The Marmot and I

The end is nothing. The road is all. Willa Cather It was the first day of a long backpacking trip in the Pasayten Wilderness, and I arrived at Horseshoe Meadow after a long climb, tired and with aching back and shoulders, at a large boulder strewn meadow, where I dropped my heavy pack and satContinue reading “The Marmot and I”


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