I propose to post a daily thread where we can contribute something positive: a joke, inspiration, observation or goal. Please feel free to contribute - aim is to help lift some other persons spirit for the day! Here's mine for today - this was written about John Muir among the Sierra mountains.. "It was only for exerting myself to the limits of my strength that I was able to keep near him. His example was at the time my inspiration and dispair. I longed for him to stop and rest,but would not have suggested it for the world. I would at least be game, and furnish no hint as to how tired I was, no matter how chokingly my heart thumped. Muir's spirit was in me, and my chief end, just then, was to win that peak with him..(from the The Wild Muir - Yosemite Association) Back before John Muir founded the Sierra Club and the helped organize both the National Park system and Yosemite, he spent his boyhood a few miles from my Wisconsin home. Things were certainly different in 1860 than today, but our area is still pretty much under-developed. And Muir's old haunts are still available. Twice each week, I painfully climb the rocky trails, slowly, breathless and aching, to the top of Wolf Hill. The hillside is covered in Red Cedar trees and its flat grassy mesa offers a wonderful view of sky and distant marshes. Today my friend Fred's family own Muir's boyhood climbing hill. At the peak, if I'm lucky I'll find my horse. If not, well I'm damn tired and disappointed, but meeting the challenge and savoring the view made it worthwhile. Muir's spirit is also within me.