Sunday, September 7, 2008

John Muir Trail Hike

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike

2658 mile Pacific Crest Trail by Rainmaker

So extraordinary is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant beauty as she spends sunshine, pouring it forth into land and sea, garden and desert. And so the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and squirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees....

By forces seemingly antagonistic and destructive Nature accomplishes her beneficent designs - now a flood of fire, now a flood of ice, now a flood of water; and again in the fullness of time an outburst of organic life....

One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature -- inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last.

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.

No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty. Whether as seen carving the lines of the mountains with glaciers, or gathering matter into stars, or planning the movements of water, or gardening - still all is Beauty!

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. 

John Muir Quotes


Anonymous said...

What a lovely scenic video and the quotes were nice too. Thanks for sharing.

Titania said...

Donna, thank you so much for your visit.
This nature trail is unbelievable what a great tour. I used to hike when I was younger.
And I see the "little ones" have flown the nest. A lovely experience of nature in your garden. Perhaps some will come back to raise a family again. Really great pictures.

Niels Plougmann said...

Beautiful Donna! I so look forward seeing the Wasatch mountain range in 8 days when I fly to America. my Country is flat like the prairies, with only a few hils - we have a hill 500 feet above sealevel - we call Himmelbjerget - meaning the mountain the reach the skies LOL. Hope you had a good weekend.

Mother Nature said...

While you are enjoying spring it is time for us to plant it.

I'm eager to hear of your adventure. Mountains, Morman
Tabernacle Choir. Can life get any better?

tina said...

Looks like a very different place from Tennessee and quite interesting.

Philip Bewley said...

I love Kings's Canyon, one of John Muirs favorite places. I love these quotes. Very inspiring.

Exmoorjane said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful blog. So inspiring. Thank you so much for dropping by mine. I haven't had much time for blogging of late. Keep thinking of something good then the moment passes and it doesn't seem as funny or poignant or worthy of note the next day or the one after.....But I will return. Promise.
Have you come across Zoe's blog Garden Hopping? Think you'd love it - she's a fabulous UK gardener.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love meeting other nature lovers.

Chris said...

Thanks for popping over :-) I enjoyed looking through your blog!

Steve said...

The Muir Trail and the park are one of the true wonders of Northern California. It's been years since I visited there, but I always adored it.