|Mt Tzouhalem trail run (with shoes on this time - the ground was frozen!).|
Annie, (I hope she wouldn't mind me calling her by her first name), won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for her book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. It's a series of her reflections on the natural world as she spends a year wandering around the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I just downloaded it to my Sony Reader and can't wait to get to it. The above quote comes from this book.
It's so true...and we forget. We are on this planet just once, and for such a short time. As I transition through my middle years into the time when stores now occasionally offer discounts (presumably for what they may interpret as accumulated "wisdom", as suggested by my trim, but greying beard!), the greater the sense of urgency I experience to "get a feel for the place". The place, to use Annie's word, is this fragile sphere that is silently racing through space at about 30 kilometres per second.
|Paddling Sansum Narrows towards Vesuvius on Salt Spring Island, |
just across the water from home.