Sunday, February 24, 2013

Feb 18 - 24

If nothing within you stays rigid,
Outward things will disclose themselves.
Moving, be like water.
Still, be like a mirror.
Respond like an echo.
~The Book of Lieh Tzu

View northwest towards West Virginia from the fire lookout at the summit of Elliott's Knob.

View west and north from the fire lookout on Elliott's Knob.

The fire lookout on the summit of Elliott's Knob.

View east from the fire lookout on Elliott's Knob over a cloud blanketed Shenandoah.

MD AT lined with Hemlock just south of Wolfsville Rd.

View east towards Catoctin from South Mountain.

A flat MD AT at Pogo Memorial Campsite.

uggghhhhh, a stretch that defines being nimble and fluid

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Feb 4 -10

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. One fancies a heart like our own must be beating in every crystal and cell, and we feel like stopping to speak to the plants and animals as friendly fellow mountaineers. Nature as a poet, an enthusiastic workingman, becomes more and more visible the farther and higher we go; for the mountains are fountains - beginning places, however related to sources beyond mortal ken. - John Muir (My First Summer in the Sierra)

Well, this week for the ITBs went well, they felt better than they have since this ordeal started, so that is very good news. But, at the beginning of the week I stressed a joint/muscle in my right foot so I took a super easy week, and tested it out Sunday with a relaxed 18.8mi run on the AT with JPeake, on an absolutely beautiful day. It fared well until I must have stepped on a rock the wrong way and agitated it. So, I'll spend this week really trying to nurse it back to normal, and if anything take a real easy end of week and weekend to let it stay rested and un-agitated. Have some real exciting backpacking plans on the horizon awaiting healthy ITBs. I'm thick with anticipation, and feel a bit like a caged animal ready to run free.

Standing on White Rocks Cliff on the southside of Lamb's Knoll directly on the AT.

Descending the AT south towards Crampton's Gap, on trail lined with Mountain Laurel, and Beech trees yet to drop their leaves.

The infinite detail and lavishness of Nature, shown on a rock's surface.

View over South Mountain from White Rocks cliff.

View east towards Catoctin Mtn from atop the Washington Monument,

Monday, February 4, 2013


Photos are taken with a compact point and shoot I tuck in my waist band, or race vest while running, or that is packed in an accessible pocket while backpacking.

I use either a Canon s90, or on other occasions use an inexpensive but very slim and compact Sony Cybershot.

Pictures alone can be found HERE

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jan 21 - Feb 3

          Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such government as this, think they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform? Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them? Why does it always crucify Christ, and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?
         One would think, that a deliberate and practical denial of its authority was the only offence never contemplated by government; else, why has it not assigned its definite, its suitable and proportionate, penalty? If a man who has no property refuses but once to earn nine shillings for the State, he is put in prison for a period unlimited by any law that I know, State, he is put in prison for a period unlimited by any law that I know, and determined only by the discretion of those who placed him there; but if he should steal ninety times shillings from the State, he is soon permitted to go at large again.
          If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go; perchance it will wear smooth, - certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is such of nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.
          As for adopting the ways which the State has provided for remedying the evil, I know not of such ways. They take too much time, and a man's life will be gone. I have other affairs to attend to. I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad. A man has not everything to do, but something; and because he cannot do everything, it is not necessary that he should do something wrong. It is not my business to be petitioning the Governor or the Legislature any more than it is theirs to petition me; and if they should not hear my petition, what should I do then? But in this case the State has provided no way; its very Constitution is the evil. This may seem to be harsh and stubborn and unconciliatory  but it is to treat with the utmost kindness and consideration the only spirit that can appreciate or deserves it. So is all change for the better, like birth and death, which convulse the body.
          I do not hesitate to say, that those who call themselves Abolitionists should at once effectually withdraw their support, both in person and property, from the government of Massachusetts, and not wait til they constitute a majority of one, before they suffer the right to prevail through them.  I think that it is enough if they have God on their side, without waiting for that other one. Moreover, any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already. ~ Henry David Thoreau (excerpt from 'Civil Disobedience')

Sun rising over a snow dusted and mountain laurel lined AT, with the infamous 'white blaze' at center.

Enthused to have the ability to open the stride on a miraculously rockless stretch of the AT, albeit a very short one.

White Rocks cliff, right on the AT, on the south side of Lamb's Knoll, overlooking the ridge of South Mountain, and on the right the Blue Ridge just before its northern terminus.

Flat and rockless stretch of AT on the ridgeline on Lamb's Knoll south side.

Typical 'steps' for trail erosion, which in the winter collect the snow melt, forming pools which then ice over, and crack under your weight when you cross them.

New material from the just released Local Natives album, they are absolutely electric live.