December 31, 2010

Jumbo Rocks

On Monday the weather cleared so I headed for Joshua Tree National Park, but then it started raining again. Of course, Joshua Tree National Park has gazillions of joshua trees. But the two sites I was able to hike before the weather turned was Jumbo Rocks and Barker Dam, and neither had any joshua trees!

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

~ Edward Abbey

December 6, 2010

Winter's Approach

Cold Mountain is a house
Without beams or walls.
The six doors left and right are open
The hall is blue sky.
The rooms all vacant and vague
The east wall beats on the west wall
At the center nothing.

- Han Shan, 750
Translated by Red Pine