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the sierras are calling and I must go

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” —John Muir

“Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.” –John Muir

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ―John Muir

Over the years I have spent a good part of my life in the back country, hiking, fishing, camping. Since I have not been there for three years, since 2012, and after a surprise visit from a former hiking friend, an experience that was like tasting a small cookie that transports one back in time, I have been reflecting a lot about that other time and those experiences.

I looked through the photos I took of trips into the Sierra Nevada. It was like re-reading journal entries of times past. Dwelling on those moments made me want to re-live them. Wanting to re-live them made me grasp for those moments that had disappeared in my memory.

The French word sillage is a good word for the experience: it means “following in the wake of something; a slipstream; following in the footsteps.” It is a word for remembering small moments destined to be lost.

The following photographs represent a mélange of experiences from many spots in the Sierras, including from the John Muir Trail. I encourage you to take a moment and step through each one of them.

To view a slide show of the following photos, click on one of them and another screen will appear with arrows to slide the photos to the right and left.

 

 

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