Bears have been an interesting thing to get used to again. Camping in bear country has been okay, but the number of bears that I’ve run in to this far in Glacier has been well above and beyond. In two hikes I think there has been at least six grizzlies out on the trails. I mustered up the courage to do some night and star photography last night, but I’m pretty sure I was being watched by bears. Probably not. But mabye.
*At Last – Two Medicine Lake // Glacier National Park, Montana*
Well yesterday was full of ups and downs. I managed to foolishly lose my tripod by leaving it on top of Ruby, and spent the better part of the afternoon trying to find it. Finger’s crossed that it shows back up. Then, as the day was ending, the skies parted and the world told me it would be alright, and life would go on. Thanks for the reminder.
Finally! It’s long overdue, but I am refocusing energy on my website. It will be overhauled for the next few weeks, and once completed launched to the world wide webs. Till then, I am working on getting my mobile posting set up such that I can provide quick updates more regularly.
*When the Time Comes – Two Medicine Lake // Glacier National Park, Montana*
I have a childlike fascination with mountains, their rugged beauty never fails to bring a song to my soul. Thank you all for the birthday wishes yesterday, this was my birthday present from Mother Earth.
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Heading back up tonight. I’ve got high hopes for this weekend, and maybe even a bit during next week. I also want to spend some time in my image library, doing some house cleaning.
*That Moment – Trillium Lake // Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon*
There’s a certain mystery to the pre-dawn hours, and I find myself more and more drawn to them. Before I begin to ramble, perhaps a quote would best fit my thoughts:
“Life is flowing and continuous, it’s full of crossroads, tributaries, and sudden bends. To live is to travel, and navigable space attracts us. We want to follow the road or the river to find out what lies around the next bend or over the next rise. The mere fact that they exist seems to tell us that we should follow them. No one has ever lived our lives before us. This moment we are in a space and time that have never been traveled. Many past events prepared us for this moment, and we may often feel as though we were following a track that has been laid out for us, but at other times we feel as though we were strapped to the nose of a rocket, plunging through space where no one has ever been. Then, at times, we become one with our path, immersed in our lives unquestioningly. This is the condition we prefer, when the river that leads us through life simply flows.”
This quote has been stuck in my mind lately. It’s simple, yet powerful message is a driving force for moving yourself forward with whatever finds your heart.
“All you have to do is commit your entire life to something, which will result in one of two outcomes. Either you will succeed, or you will die trying, which is in and of itself it’s own form of success.” ~ Rich Roll
*Crystal Blue – Slaughter Gulch Trail // Cooper Landing, Alaska*
Although you’d likely never guess it from the name of the trail, this has to be one of my favorite hikes. Stunning overlooks, beautiful mountain wildflower patches, and even a bear or two! 🙂 Standing high above the small town of Cooper Landing, in the Kenai Peninsula is the Slaughter Gulch trail, concluding on one of the mountain summits surrounding this quaint town, split by the crystal blue waters of the Kenai River.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll be posting a new gallery here shortly.
*Swept Away – Ruby Beach // Forks, Washington*
If there is one thing you have to keep an eye out for while camping on the beach, it’s the tides. Then again, if you’re asleep, and the tide comes in higher than you’re expecting, sometimes the tide reminds you just how high it will go.
I’ve been contemplating a speech I heard recently by Jim Carrey, if you haven’t already seen it, it was exactly what you’d expect from him, but a whole lot more.
“Now fear is going to be a player in your life but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imaging ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future. But all there will ever be is what is happening here and the decision we make in this moment…” ~
*Fading Away – Mt Redoubt // Kenai Peninsula*
Every once in a long while, everything seems to work out. The stars align and you’re in exactly the right place, the right time, with the right resources. Take the time to enjoy those moments.