Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mar 11 - 17

"…That certain persons simply will not like you no matter what you do. That sleeping can be a form of emotional escape and can with sustained effort be abused. That purposeful sleep-deprivation can also be an abusable escape. That you do not have to like a person in order to learn from him/her/it. That loneliness is not a function of solitude. That logical validity is not a guarantee of truth. That it takes effort to pay attention to any one stimulus for more than a few seconds. That boring activities become, perversely, much less boring if you concentrate intently on them. That if enough people in a silent room are drinking coffee it is possible to make out the sound of steam coming off the coffee. That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack. That concentrating intently on anything is very hard work. That 99% of compulsive thinkers’ thinking is about themselves; that 99% of this self-directed thinking consists of imagining and then getting ready for things that are going to happen to them; and then, weirdly, that if they stop to think about it, that 100% of the things they spend 99% of their time and energy imagining and trying to prepare for all the contingencies and consequences of are never good. In short that 99% of the head’s thinking activity consists of trying to scare the everliving shit out of itself. That it is possible to make rather tasty poached eggs in a microwave oven. That some people’s moms never taught them to cover up or turn away when they sneeze. That the people to be the most frightened of are the people who are the most frightened. That it takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak. That no single, individual moment is in and of itself unendurable. That other people can often see things about you that you yourself cannot see, even if those people are stupid. That having a lot of money does not immunize people from suffering or fear. That trying to dance sober is a whole different kettle of fish. That different people have radically different ideas of basic personal hygiene. That, perversely, it is often more fun to want something than to have it. That if you do something nice for somebody in secret, anonymously, without letting the person you did it for know it was you or anybody else know what it was you did or in any way or form trying to get credit for it, it’s almost its own form of intoxicating buzz. That anonymous generosity, too, can be abused. That it is permissible to want. That everybody is identical in their unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. That this isn't necessarily perverse. That there might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be angels." ~ David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

Hawksbill summit (4,051') with Massanutten Mtn to the west in the far distance behind.

"The Slide" on Cedar Run

Robertson Mtn (3,296') on left, and Old Rag (3,291') at center, as seen northeast from Hawksbill (4,051')

Stony Man (4,011') just right of center as seen north from Hawksbill (4,051')

A level section of Old Rag Forest Rd near Bridle Path

Old Rag Ranger Station, just off Old Rag Forest Rd., with Eastern Hemlock at front.

View south from near the summit of Robertson Mtn (3,296')

Panoramic view south from Robertson Mtn (3,296') with the last peak Hawksbill (4,051') on right

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Feb 25 - Mar 10

          Tell me what you will of the benefactions of city civilization, of the sweet security of streets - all as part of the natural up-growth of man toward the high destiny we hear so much of. I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. If the death exhalations that broad towns in which we so fondly compact ourselves were made visible, we should flee as from a plague. All are more or less sick; there is not a perfectly sane man in San Francisco.
          Go now and then for fresh life - if most of humanity must go through this town stage of development - just as divers must hold their breath and come ever anon to the surface to breathe. Go whether or not you have faith. Form parties, if you must be social, to go to the snow-flowers in winter, to the sun-flowers in summer. Anyway, go up and away for life; be fleet! ~ John Muir

Descending lower Cedar Run with gnarly, but fun, trail behind.

Snow dusted log across Cedar Run at the upper falls crossing.

Shallow part of Cedar Run by the upper falls.

Cedar Run trail crossing Cedar run at the upper falls.

Short smooth section of singletrack on upper Cedar Run Trail.

Easy stretch of steep-tech on upper Cedar Run trail, notice the icicles on right.

View west from Hawksbill (4,051') with Naked Top at front left, and Massanutten Mtn in the far distance.

View north from Hawksbill (4,051') with Stony Man (4,011') just right of center in the distance.

Upper falls on Cedar Run.

Lower falls on Cedar Run.

Descending Cedar Run with the lower falls behind.

Snow lined AT with Mountain Laurel, and Beech still hangin' on to their leaves.

Super low pitch, practicing the set-up/tear-down with a new tarp.

Favorite acoustic musician.