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Muir Monday: Most People Are On the World, Not In It


Most people are on the world, not in it.” – John Muir

At 4am, the alarm jolts me out of a deep slumber. It takes a moment for me to realize that, yes, in fact it is time to wake up. I have a mountain to climb.

By 5am, I’ve got my coffee and am en route to the mountains.

We park the Xterra at the Angelus Oaks trailhead at 6am, put on our boots, do a final gear check, and begin the long ascent up San Bernardino Mountain. Today we’d be climbing 4,700 feet and logging nearly 17 miles.

When we get back in late that afternoon, our bodies ache, but we are alive! 

We are definitely in the world.  Are you in it? 

About the Photo

I shot this photo  in the early morning on the switchbacks above Angelus Oaks. Thanks to Emily for making this photo perfect.

A Note About Muir Monday

I started sharing the wisdom of John Muir on back in June, posting new quotes on Instagram and Facebook with a photo I’ve taken that supports the message. Muir had a way with words, and the Muir Monday meme has proven popular. Beginning today, I’m trying out a new approach, sharing these inspirational words here on SoCal Hiker. Each Monday you’ll find a new quote to inspire you. Please spread the word, and share with your friends on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ or whatever networks you prefer.

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