"not all who wander are lost" - tolkien

Backpacking in Kings Canyon

We were about to become disconnected, about to be pushed into the wildness that is King’s Canyon. It’s overwhelming once you arrive with it's deep canyons and rushing river. I took the first few steps out on the trail with the expectation of being physically exhausted carrying everything we needed to survive on our backs. Little did I know of how much emotion would outflow from the mountain. A great deal of exhaustion would come from climbing up to a summit of 11,400 feet and at the same time joy would come overflowing once we reached it.

"Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir