Sierra Solo

The LATimes has always been where I go to get my news, but today they had a story (read it here) that really amazed me.

It was part of LATimes Framework, which, for those of you who don’t know, is the multimedia section of the newspaper. This means that it had photos and a video documenting the task Mary Breckenridge undertakes every year.

Breckenridge crosses the High Sierras every year by way of the Mono Pass Trail with only her horse and two mules. That, by the way, is something that sounds incredible and that I have to do. The Sierras are home to the most dramatic landscape in California. The reason this story resonated so much with me is because of the way Breckenridge described being alone in the wilderness.

She described it using transcendentalism and just as having that feeling of being connected with everything else. I mean, I’ll be the first to say that I think the idea of God and spirits and all of that is hooey, but being alone in the backcountry really makes one feel like they belong out there. At least, that’s what I get from it.

The video that is on the article is incredible as well. The photography, voiceover and content is very moving. I suggest you all go watch it.

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