Coming home


I’m beginning to pack for a two week (at least) vacation. I’ve been consumed by environmental campaigns and email; haven’t found time for much else recently. I need a break to get off the treadmill, relax, feed my soul and recharge my batteries.

While planning it today, I remembered John Muir’s statement: he found that by going out he was really coming in/coming home. I realized with a rush that this is exactly what I will be doing.

I am really a child of the mountains–they have made me what I am. From childhood trips with my parents, through uncounted backpacking trips, camp staffing and day hikes since then, my experience of the mountains has molded my spirit, my outlook on life and my career.

I recalled Dvorak’s beautiful “Largo” with its peaceful but yearning melody and put to words in the the song “Going Home“–“Going home, going home, I”m a-going home….” In my case I’m again coming home.


About David McCoard

After earning my MS in geology I've done various things including managing the ski touring program at a small lodge in the Sierra. In 2010 I retired from Contra Costa College in California. I've always been fascinated by the mountains and nature and have spent countless days hiking, backpacking, climbing and skiing in the Sierra. The spiritual insights I've learned there have set the course for my life. Now I have time to share them and strike up a conversation.
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One Response to Coming home

  1. Krista Farey says:

    awww. how beautifully put. have a great trip. I’ll let you know when I know if and when we’ll be heading up. love, Krista

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