The quiet of the mountains


A quiet winter pause

With all that’s going on in national politics and world news, it’s a welcome break to spend some time in the quiet of the winter mountains. The Sierra has been getting lots of snow this year, so it’s time to put on the skis! The deep snow absorbs sound; as we pause, it’s quiet and peaceful. We stand here amid the snow-covered trees and mountains. Somewhere out of sight, squirrels are hanging out in their burrows or getting nuts from their caches. Chipmunks are peacefully hibernating. The world is running smoothly. And we, as living, breathing animals, are part of this. We remember: the world is in good hands; this means each of us is too. It’s good to know.


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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