Before I even think about thinking about anything else, here’s a group photo from the top of Jutland Mountain – thanks to Phil Jackson – the mighty man behind me. He’s the one who, when we had to duck around a dead tree trunk that was blocking the trail, just put his hand on it and ripped it off. “Trail’s clear,” he said.
So – thanks, Phil for the trail maintenance, the laughs, the photo and the pleasure of your company for an hour or so.
But here I am, back in real life – re-entry is an odd thing. It’s not that easy. It seems to me, in all honesty, that real life is out there on the trail – out there in the wilderness and on the mountaintops. Real life is spent with like-minded people. Real life is lived in the serenity of the outdoors.
Back here we pretend that it’s important to work 8 or more hours so that we can make enough money to buy stuff that other people build so that they can make money too. It’s an artificial system designed to benefit the very few and exploit the rest.
Ah yes, – real life. My plan is to immerse myself in it more and more every day for the rest of my life.
I believe the clouds of smoke are lifting just a bit. Forest fires everywhere – and why? See the line above about people exploiting fossil fuels without any regard for the future of the planet.
But I really don’t want to rant and rave, even though I experienced moments of real fear today, knowing that this could be the very tip of an iceberg as temperatures change and as the climate changes and as countries trade carbon points and vow to do something in 85 years time when likely there will be no life left to save.
Today my minor battle was technology – but I won. My days of panic over those things are long gone. It’s now all about handling it. Today was also about working again and picking berries and planning my Friday and Saturday hikes. I am also beginning to plan for the trip to Switzerland: 9 days from today. I need to buy dog food for Abby while I am gone. I need to get a few more things organized.
Whew! Alpine meadows, here we come! And maybe, hopefully, please, some beautiful alpine hiking when we come back.