Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Wilderness

Hiking in the high Uintas this July:

 Mountain lakes.

Backpacking in a downpour.

Watching the sparks fly up in ribbons from a massive fire built on rock.

Not sleeping the first night because there might be bears.
And the ground is just so hard.

Falling asleep the second night the instant we hit the therma-rests because we are just so tired.

Freeze-dried food

Zero time wasted on face and hair.

A mountain silence bigger than space.

A million flowers.

A billion mosquitoes.

Lying on our backs on a rock slab watching layers of cloud barely overhead.

Sunset silhouettes.

Life stripped down to the simple.

We have our peace to carry back home.

Time to get back to work.


  1. I've missed hearing from you! Sounds like fun.

  2. Fun adventures! I am glad you all got to go. The whole family back together! Thanks for having the boys over a bunch before we moved. It was really helpful and they loved it. Wish we had hung out more though :-) We might come in October though and for sure over Christmas!

  3. you disappeared from the internet and I missed you! Thanks for posting the pictures. Glad to catch a glimpse of summertime! Hoping you are happy.

  4. Elena,

    I would love to chat with you via email. I am repped by Stephen Fraser, too! We're practically sisters :) Please email me.

  5. What a beautiful place to visit. Sometimes I just need to get outside and remember life before I can start living again.


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