Winter has come to the mountains!

Winter has come to the Sierra. Storm after storm has piled up snow, transforming the larger rocks and logs into smooth, graceful curves. Snow drapes over saplings, completely coating them and even temporarily bending some over more than 180 degrees. They’ll spring back up when the snow melts from their foliage.

Put on your skis or snowshoes and venture through this wonderland. After a snowstorm the low-hanging branches of young trees are draped with snow–decorations that baubles on a Christmas tree could never equal.

So head out toward the horizon in a world of beauty and wonder. Let it sink into your bones and your soul. On your return, you will remember that this beauty remains, and you will know it remains with you. And know that, since you are a full member of a marvelous world and universe, you are part of this beauty and it is part of you. Carry it forward with you into the new year.

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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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