Mile-long South Lake lies at the head of the South Fork of Bishop Creek in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. When I visited the lake in 2009 I took a picture from the trail, near the lower end of the lake, of a steeply sloping basin on the Sierra crest beyond. The basin frames a towering triangular face at its head.
I have that picture propped against the wall on my dining room table and look at it every day. My eye follows up that basin to the peak–its lines converging at the apex and seemingly wanting to vault into the air. I picture myself climbing up that basin to the base of the peak like a pilgrim approaching a shrine.
Last summer a friend and I started up the trail on a day hike toward Treasure Lakes, just to the left of that smaller basin. Since we had a late start and wanted to start dinner before dark, we went only partway to the lakes. However, at our turn-around point we were directly below the outlet to my un-named basin and I was able to study it from this angle.
Now I have stood on the doorstep of “my” basin. I look forward to next summer with an earlier start and possibly a closer base camp and the opportunity to finally enter it.
Pictures, memories which are now part of me, and anticipation keep my interest alive and remind me of my connection to God’s wonderful world of which I have been made a part.