You know that we are on a bike trip in New Zealand. That’s why it’s so quiet here.
The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
This is a quote from on of my one of my favorite books: “Into the Wild”. Chastised by many, revered by others.
You know, a new year is knocking. A good opportunity to make changes. If you don’t like your current track, make a change.
I am not waiting for 2019 to bring changes, I am moving small pebbles every day, so some day that big mountain in front of me looks more like an ant hill.
“Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently.”
There are many things about winter that I like. The transformation of the mountains into pristine walls and ridges of snow and ice is probably my favorite aspect of the cold and dark season. When the storm clouds lift and some of that fresh, untouched powder is exposed, that’s when mountains turn into altars, as others have said.
We have been watching winter movies playing in remote places lately. Yesterday it was “Into the White”, a Norwegian movie by director Petter Næss.
“Solitude is fine
but you need someone
to tell that solitude is fine.”
After spending a few days in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico I needed to share this picture with you. What a fine place to experience solitude…
Or detonate the first atomic bomb, or drop training missiles…
The approaching storm certainly looked threatening, however no significant precipitation resulted from this warm front. It’s a desert in the end. 10 inches of rain may fall in a year. The mountains in the distance even receive a couple inches of snow.
The dunes of White Sands are mostly composed of gypsum, a white hydrous mineral, very different from other sand dunes of the West. The dunes are white as snow, and have a strange wet feel to it. The sand is deposited by wind from a nearby Lake Lucero.
The Park Service allows camping and hiking in this amazing playground.
Where did you find solitude?
“Shine your light
and make a positive impact on the world;
there is nothing so honorable as
helping improve the lives of others.”
Roy T. Bennett
I wish at the end of my days somebody tells me, I had a positive impact on the world. There are many ways to help out others in need. What will you do to make the world a better place?
Black Friday 2018, not a dime spent…
“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful.
It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.”
I am grateful for a handful of friends that reach out to me and stay in touch, including readers of this blog, who give me a sense of belonging and purpose. I am grateful to have spent time in beautiful places and the ability to share moments of solitude, serenity, and happiness.