on my own for the first time…aloha lakes


prior to the JMT….

my journey into Desolation Wilderness was inspiring in so many ways for me…the crisp cool evenings….the way the sun rose over the mountains in the early morning hours…the blowing of the wind against my tent in the wee hours of the morning…all intensifying my relationship with the natural world…every corner i turned….every time i glanced up…i was in awe…there is so much outside of the concrete jungles in which we live….
somehow we get stuck in these voids and forget that
perhaps..there is more..
so we venture out…
the colors so much more vivid..the blues and greens, the oranges and yellows..spectacular array of reality
we breathe and give thanks…
the physical is tough..the mental..even tougher..but we persevere..because we can..and this is liberating…its just between you and the natural world…it is simply awesome

this tree on this island in the middle of aloha lakes…it signifies our lives
standing alone…on a very small fragment of the potential ….
when all around us the splendor of life surrounds our bubble in which we settle…
all we have to do is burst the bubble and dive into life….
taking the plunge into the magnitude of what life can be..instead of accepting that it is
only that ground in which we try and balance…it is so much more

the mountains are calling…
i must go

i am listening…

i have always loved a mountain trail….i have also always tried to listen to that inner voice…of course..most of the time..i cant hear it..but this time..i listened……
something told me it was time to glance away from the ocean and see what the mountains may hold…i did…and it was magical..
the towering peaks,the expansive valleys, the clear, cold waters of the lakes and streams..the multitude of stars..and the serenity of each and every moment…ahhhhhh..life….and of course there is that connection…with self and the greater universe..
i decided to spend some savings and purchase some ultra-light gear…then i decided to learn how to read a map, understand the nature of lightening , the quirks of a rattler…and the zany and oftentimes scary antics of the bear….i practiced setting up my tent and starting my camp stove in the comfort of my home… i started up the dehydrater and experimented with different foods, and then i picked a trail and destination out of Desolation Wilderness as i had wandered about many of those trails before…
i spent two nights alone in the back-country….i loved each and every moment…i will be starting out in about a week to thru-hike the John Muir Trail….it wanders from the valley of Yosemite to the peak of Mt Whitney….220 miles..and i will go alone…however..i have already met so many cool people…and hopefully our paths will cross on the trail….
i believe there is much more to this life than i know…and i am curious…my heart is open…my mind is eager to learn….and i am re-invigorated for life…and this new path
i will attempt to bring some of the trail to you….with love