September 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes the course of our lives depends on what we do or don’t do in a few seconds, a heartbeat, when we either seize the opportunity, or just miss it. Miss the moment and you never get a chance again.”  – Aidan Chambers

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First Snow on Grand Tetons


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“Many years ago, I took the trail to the top of Mt. Whitney. Leaving my
older, less confident companions behind in the predawn hours at
Whitney Portal, I moved quickly up the trail. By mid-morning I was
cooling my heels at Trail Camp, a campground of sorts, in a barren
glacial basin at 12,000 feet. With another 2500 feet of climbing ahead
of me, the trail lead off into a steep jumble of cobbles and boulders.
I could see a notch in the ridge above, where the trail was likely
headed, but it was not at all obvious how it got there.” – Curtis L. Wilbur

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40 acres near Blackhall Mountain


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“I had no guide, but from training as a scout, I knew how to evaluate
subtle trail sign, and before long, I was nearing the top of the
ridge. From there, the final leg to the top of the mountain was much
easier to follow.

A surprise lay below me. Looking back down the slope that I had just
climbed so tediously, the trail was laid out like a map. I could see
every switchback and turn. Invisible from below, but completely
obvious from above.” – Curtis L. Wilbur

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Medicine Bow National Forest land


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Human life is more than mirrored in mythology. Each individual’s
adventure has a potential of mythic intensity and proportion. Our
personal experiences are greater and more mysterious than we can often
bear, without overlaying those experiences on the framework of
mythology. But by properly framing our life’s journey, paths once
invisible become remarkably clear.” – Curtis L. Wilbur

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