March 26th, 2019 – I am currently working on a writing and photography project profiling my experiences in all 67 sequoia groves. I have not posted or published any of these writings yet because I am interested in putting it together as a comprehensive book. There aren’t many books out there about the groves – there’s really only one that includes all of the groves, but it’s more of a reference manual. There are a few others about the history of Sequoia National Park and how the groves were protected, but nothing like what I’d like to accomplish. I want to follow in the footsteps of John Muir who, in 1875, journeyed at length through the Sierra Nevada forests. But he didn’t actually go to all of the groves or describe his experience in detail, plus his trip was cut short.
Instead of following millions of others on well-worn long distance trails racking up miles while all the beauty of the world goes by as a blur, I want to take the time to truly look and listen, to live and breathe the forest. I am a fan of Thoreau and the Transcendentalist concept of experiential learning. I am studying in Muir’s famous “University of the Wilderness.”
It will take one or two more years to complete my goal, depending on factors such as weather and injury. I’ve been snowshoeing in the groves during the winter, but I can only go so far until the heavy snowpack melts. In the meantime, if you are a publisher interested in printing my book, please contact me.