“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all beauty came from.” C. S. Lewis
First 2019 Outing – June 17-21 – Segments 13 (Partial), 14 and 11. (In 2018 Jerry and his brother covered 143 miles with 343 to go on the trail this summer as supporters have pledged money for each mile completed.) click here for the pledge form
Over this past winter, I really looked forward to getting back out on the Colorado Trail. Then as spring came, and the weather stayed relatively cool, it slowly became apparent that the record snowpack would limit access to the trail well into the summer. You may have heard John Muir’s quote – “The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go”. Well the mountains were calling me!! For me, there’s something about getting out in the wild that brings me closer to knowing who I am and who I’m supposed to be, and closer to our Creator.
Rabbi Jamie Korngold expresses similar feelings in her book God in the Wilderness: “ Those of us who love wilderness excursions know that when we are open to a spiritual experience, hiking also exposes the layers of the soul…..With each mile of distance from civilization, as packs seem to grow heavier and the footing more tenuous, we embark on an internal journey into the core of our selves…..Removed from the distractions of everyday life, of cell phones, e-mails, and to-do lists, we are able to immerse ourselves fully in the moment, in each step, in each breath. As we leave behind the safety of homes and cars, and we step fully into the wilderness to meet nature, we also meet ourselves. As we look outward to the wilderness, we look inward and reawaken to what is essential in our lives, to the core of our being. Perhaps the heightened spirituality comes from the physical exertion that keeps us journeying inward, forcing us to savor each breath and appreciate each step. In the wild, we push ourselves beyond what we thought was physically possible and come to know our true physical and emotional capabilities…. Perhaps the deep spirituality we find in the outdoors is inspired by the sheer magnitude of canyon and sky, river and wind, that innate connection we feel to the ravens catching thermals overhead, the wildflowers spread out across the meadow—the awareness that we are part of something so much larger than ourselves.” Excerpts From: Korngold, Jamie. “God in the Wilderness.” Doubleday Religious Pub Group, 2008. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright. Check out this book on the iBooks Store: https://books.apple.com/us/book/god-in-thewilderness/id421702715
I’m so grateful that I have the good health and ambition to meet the challenge of hiking the Colorado Trail! It will certainly be a different hombre hiking into Durango that the one who left Denver last May… Perhaps the deep spirituality we find in the outdoors is inspired by the sheer magnitude of canyon and sky, river and wind, that innate connection we feel to the ravens catching thermals overhead, the wildflowers spread out across the meadow—the awareness that we are part of something so much larger than ourselves.”