December – Mountain Thoughts

Aspens & Lodgepoles - December in Colorado

Aspens & Lodgepoles – December in Colorado

“Gain health from lusty, heroic exercise, from free, firm-nerved adventures without anxiety in them, with rhythmic leg motion in runs over boulders requiring quick decision for every step. Fording streams, tingling with flesh brushes as we slide down white slopes thatched with close snow-pressed chaparral, half swimming or flying or slipping – all these make good counter-irritants. Then enjoy the utter peace and solemnity of the trees and stars. Find many a plant and bird sequestered in hollows and dells – little chambers in the hills. Find a mysterious presence in a thousand coy and hiding things”

–  John Muir, Mountain Thoughts, 1872