Posts Tagged ‘Mountain’

Blank Mtn Internal Wilderness    (No Comments »)

Monday, February 4th, 2013

In a brief moment of tragic, distinctive clarity within a muddled mind, the Blank Mtn series was created the day after September 15, 2012, in which Victoria, her scientist father, and her physical therapist sister Jenny hiked up and down Mount Baden-Powell in the San Gabriel Range, southern California. The unintended, subliminal goals of Blank Mtn were to explore the notion of “internal wilderness”–in which the physical outdoors can also be represented as a complex, internal cognitive experience–as well as show the blessed curses of being excessively creative, with one being sabotaged by the onslaught of her own thoughts. Apparently, there is a severe opportunity cost in desiring to be and remain open-minded.

Victoria’s brain can be a blocked-depressed or hyperactive embarrassment (so a shrink would be too quick to label bipolar), and out of convenience, she promptly decided to express her outpour of ideas through stream-of-conscious, cartoon-like doodling rather than regular right-left-top-down-the-page “writing.” Though, in great
retrospective shame, she wished her mental energies were channeled better, and in a more organized fashion.

Up the Mountain    (No Comments »)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

by Dan Rademacher

When I was about 6, my parents took us on our first big summer car trip. We went from Chicago to Maine in a big old Dodge van my sister and I named Ralph. The trip was two weeks long, but the memory that sticks out strongest for me was a train ride up Mount Washington. I sat near the window, and the windows all rattled in their frames. Outside the train, the wind howled, and the trees diminished until all we saw was rocks and sky. I remember the stone cairns along the way — they were probably just trail markers, but I was sure they marked the graves of lost hikers. This sounds like a rather depressing episode, but I remember feeling an awe and wonder that went beyond fear. I was probably scared too, but that’s not the feeling that has remained 30+ years later. I think this is the earliest nature memory I can date with any confidence.

The View    (No Comments »)

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

by Sarah

While I was home from college at the University of Washington one weekend, my mom suggested that we go for a hike on Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham, Washington. I had never really hiked before but she said she always used to when she was my age and she loved it. So we drove up to the parking lot and grabbed our backpacks and started our journey to the Oyster Dome on Blanchard Mountain. At first the hike was simple and relaxing, the smell of trees and flowers all around. The hike started to get steeper and harder… We kept at it and I had no clue where we were¬† going.

I felt like it was taking forever, so we stopped for a quick stretch and a snack. We just wantedto get to the top so we started up again and followed the trails and finally made it! I had no idea what to expect, but I was amazed. The view was amazing. We could see the San Juan Islands like I had never seen them before! I grew up in Whatcom County and I never knew what I was missing out on! It was so clear and I could see for miles. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the great view. At first I was skeptical to take such a long hike, but I listened to my mom and it turned out to be an amazinglyrewarding experience in nature.

On the top of the world    (No Comments »)

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

When I was 19 years old I made a trip to Peru with some friends. The most amazing thing was the feeling of being on the very top of the world!!!! We climbed the Huayna Picchu, the mountain that rises over Machu Picchu. It was so difficult to get there, so tiring, and we were not prepared — we didn’t even take water!!! But when we finally arrived at the top of that mountain, the feeling was of astonishment, amazement, disbelief, wonder, miracle and satisfaction. Everything I saw was below me. And I could see miles away! It was really amazing.