The Purpose

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." --John Muir

I can't think of a better introduction to this website than drawing upon the erudite words of naturalist and preservationist John Muir. Over the years I have learned that entering the wilderness with an open heart and an insatiable curiosity is a powerful combination--one that allows the mind, in addition to the feet, to embark upon a journey of its own.

Talking about the journey of the mind differentiates this website from the multitude of hiking websites and blogs found on the Internet. For me, a trek to the wilderness is much more than a physical adventure; it is an intellectual journey as well. It is an "in the moment" awareness of what the wilderness says to you, it is an awareness of how your intellect reacts to the sights and the smells of the forests and the mountains as well as opening the mind to nature's educational opportunities.

It is also about asking tough questions, thinking critically about what we do in nature, how we do it, and why we do it.

Thus, in these pages you will find an eclectic mix of information about specific hikes (locations, trail descriptions, geology, flora, fauna), philosophic ruminations about nature, and (in keeping with my calling as an educator and problematizer) some facts, figures, and tough questions about the cultural construction of nature.

If you have any comments about the materials found in these pages, shoot me an email at ridgetopramblin@gmail.com

Happy reading and fulfilling journeys.