WHY BACKPACKING | HIKING
I love the solitude and desire to go where the wild things are…
Where can one find that? In the wilderness of course.
What is it about being alone in the backwoods or the wilderness?
Whether it’s the seemingly peaceful sound of the breath of GOD blowing through the stately trees as if they are arms freely lifting up unashamed adoration to our CREATOR or the majesty of HIS rolling mountains that go on for an infinite distance from the perspective of the mortal eye, it washes over one’s soul cleansing like a clear, free-flowing spring.
What is it about taking each step of a hike?
One step after another with nothing but the cadence of the next step to take. Communing with GOD in a way that one can only experience while being alone. You are alone in what John Muir called the “Temple of GOD.” Being in that temple with nothing but your thoughts can be “A fruitful day, without measured beginning or ending. A terrestrial eternity. A gift from GOD.”
What is it about looking forward to the end of a hike, yet only to desire to be back in the temple that John Muir spoke about once the task is completed?
He answered that question inasmuch, “How consuming strong the invitation they extend! Shall I be allowed to go to them? Night and day I’ll pray that I may, but it seems too good to be true. Someone worthy will go, able for the GODful work, yet as far as I can I must drift about these love-monument mountains, glad to be a servant in so holy a wilderness.” In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
Simply stated, John Muir’s provoking thoughts will speak; if you can be alone long enough in the wilderness.