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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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Getting high

I like to get up high. There’s the long upward climb toward the ridgecrest. As I pace myself and look around, there’s plenty of time to study, appreciate and enjoy my surroundings. At rest stops I admire the view unfolding wider and … Continue reading

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Blow, Mountain Wind!

Sometimes when recently-fallen snow lies soft and loose on the slopes and high peaks, a broad, wild, gusty wind blows across the mountains from east to west, opposite the normal direction. Pressure gradients have shifted, and the range is enveloped in a river … Continue reading

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Windy Ridge

Browsing through library copies of old Sierra Club bulletins, I stop at a picture of a vast canyon. Its sides are massive rock from top to bottom. Something about those walls, even in a picture, seem to radiate energy and … Continue reading

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The View from the Edge

When I come to the edge of a cliff there’s an emotional rush. The mountainside at my feet falls away into thin air. What was solid rock in front of me is no longer there. In its place is hundreds or … Continue reading

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Mountain awe

I’m back from vacation–had a great time in our mountains! Here’s the first of my impressions: Highway 395, running parallel to the east face of the Sierra Nevada, reaches 7,000 feet at Tom’s Place before plunging 3,000 feet into the … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Maori stories and Aoraki/Mt. Cook

In a discussion group at my church, we talked about creation stories. We discussed different ways they have developed and how literally (or not) they were meant to be interpreted. One statement from a Native American sticks in my mind: “It may not … Continue reading

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