Monday, July 8, 2013

if you'll go with me...

If you'll go with me to the mountains
And sleep on the leaf carpeted floors 

And enjoy the bigness of nature
And the beauty of all out-of-doors,
You will find your troubles all fading
And feel the Creator was not man
That made lovely mountains and forests
Which only a Supreme Power can.
When we trust in the Power above
And with the realm of nature hold fast,
We will have a jewel of great price
To brighten our lives till the last.
For the love of nature is healing,
If we will only give it a try
And our reward will be forthcoming,
If we go deeper than what meets the eye.

–Emma "Grandma" Gatewood (1887-1973) At the age of 67, she was the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (1955). 

Above: Round Bald in the Roan Highlands (taken back in June).

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