The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
About the Photo
I took this photo as I was sprawled on my back, laying on a picnic bench in the backpacker’s campground in Yosemite Valley. I had picked up our permits to thru-hike the John Muir Trail, and was feeling a little pre-hike jitters. As I lay there, the tall trunks of majestic pine trees swayed gently in the wind. At ground level, they seemed immovable; solid and ancient. But as their branches brushed the sky, they swayed to and fro in the slightest breeze. As they reached toward the heavens, they seemed as fragile as blades of grass.
The effect was calming. These trees had been on this earth much longer than me, and the mountains much longer than the trees. The JMT seemed like A Really Big Hike, but in the grand scheme of things, it is just a walk in the woods. Or as Muir might say, a saunter.
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.