Central Cascades / Near Leavenworth, WA – July 2015
It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.
CHERYL STRAYED. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013).
see: Colchuck Zone
background majesty courtesy of Dragontail Peak
**not pictured: magical mountain goats and mountain goat babies.