Author Archives: David McCoard

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.

The Power of Water

The power of water rushing down a steep streambed or launching into space to crash in spray at the base of a waterfall is tremendous. It reminds us of the power and wonder of this rich world of which each … Continue reading

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The mountains are singing

News radio is abuzz about high water in Yosemite Valley from the snowmelt above. We’ve had a bumper snow year and the mountains are singing. Water and spray are everywhere below the snowline, watering fresh new vegetation. I’ve been in … Continue reading

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National monuments–we all own them

On April 26 President Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of  the Interior to review National Monuments created within the past 20 years with an eye toward rescinding or downsizing them. The aim is to allow commercial development … Continue reading

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The quiet of the mountains

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 … Continue reading

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Sno-cone trees

The deep snows of January this year remind me of some winters at Montecito-Sequouia Lodge, where I lived and worked in the ski touring program. It lies at 7,200 feet elevation on the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon … Continue reading

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Space

View south from Monarch Divide, Kings Canyon National Park Standing on the crest of an 11-thousand foot ridge above the South fork of the Kings River, I look down toward the river, out of sight over 6,000 feet below. The … Continue reading

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The Earth is Moving

As we look across the landscape from a viewpoint, the earth seems to go on and on without a sense of curvature. However, we know that we actually are standing at one point on an immense sphere–much too large to … Continue reading

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