Monthly Archives: January 2012

Alpine Flowers

On three days of my tuolumne Meadows vacation this summer I took the shuttle bus to Tioga Pass, at just under 10,000 feet. From the pass I followed trails to the Gaylor Lakes area on the west and to the … Continue reading

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Blessed by God

A few years ago I wrote this piece for my church’s newsletter. It was an explanation of my personal creed and how it had come about. It is still true today. _____________________ It is August before my Senior year in … Continue reading

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Tuolumne Meadows – the River

Last summer I spent two weeks camped at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. I chose a campsite near the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River. Perhaps 50 yards downstream from my campsite, a resistant ledge of granite  stretches across … Continue reading

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Wisdom from the Mountains–My Story

My first views of the mountains were from far away. Next was camping in the forest with tantalizing views of high peaks beyond. Finally, when I was ready, I began backpacking in the high country with friends. We camped by … Continue reading

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The Magic Ampitheater

On a recent vacation we camped for five nights in Onion Valley in the Eastern Sierra, a vertical mile above the Owens Valley. From the campground, three basins rise below 13,000 foot peaks. It’s a special place of spiritual power, … Continue reading

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What’s Really Important?

Sometimes in my life I’ve gone through rough patches. These days I feel for folks who can’t make ends meet in the recession and slow recovery. The lives of others around the world are at risk from wars and repressive … Continue reading

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View from the Crest

As I sit writing this, I remember standing on the Sierra Crest and gazing to the west. Below me lies a basin floored with green sedge and spotted with ponds reflecting the sky. Around it, granite peaks reach to the … Continue reading

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