Category Archives: Places

Places to go to enjoy nature and for spiritual renewal

Immensity

The Tioga Road winds eastward toward Tuolumne Meadows, northeast of Yosemite Valley. Suddenly, rounding a turn the view opens up to the broad face of Clouds Rest and the improbable upthrust of Half Dome. At 8,400 feet above sea level, … Continue reading

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Lee Vining Creek: H.M. Hall Natural Area

  Just over three miles NNW of Tioga Pass and half a mile southwest of Saddlebag Lake, a branch of Lee Vining Creek descends from a broad basin heading on the Sierra crest. Wikipedia describes the Natural Area in general. … Continue reading

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Mount Dana

Whenever I have camped in the Tuolumne Meadows-Tioga Pass region, my eyes and feet have been drawn to Mount Dana. As I stand on the trail across the lush green main Tuolumne meadow, my gaze goes past the monolith of … Continue reading

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From mountains to grapes

My home town in California’s San Joaquin Valley is Exeter, west of Sequoia National Park. When we moved there the town prided itself as the Emperor Grape Capitol of the World. Now as then in the fall, vines are heavy … Continue reading

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In the Hall of the Mountain King

Edvard Grieg’s orchestral work “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the play “Peer Gynt” starts quietly, but gradually builds in speed and intensity until you feel a great, overwhelming presence before you and all about you. You are in … Continue reading

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Mountains, spirit and our place in the world

Different people sense the spiritual, their relationship to God and their place in the world in different ways. I have found my inspiration in mountains. In using the word “God” I include Allah, Jehovah, Brahman or whatever unnamed presence you feel in the … Continue reading

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New Zealand–final thoughts

During my month in New Zealand I saw and learned many things and had many experiences. Though they are too many to mention here, and I’m not minimizing any of them, some places and impressions stand out for me. With its beauty … Continue reading

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