May 19, 2015, Tuesday evening -- Reading John Muir

Last week my friend Allison (pictured) showed us around her old stomping grounds in Sequoia National Park, where she used to live, just inside the park, when she was in elementary school. Naturally, she grew up with a love for the great outdoors. Once she tried to skip school, but got scared by a coyote and ran back home.

At Sequoia National Park, sitting next to the campfire before dinner
She is reading Collected Works of John Muir, Naturalist. She's working on writing a screen play about Mr. Muir.

She told us stories about how Muir climbed a tree in a wind storm to ride it back and forth over the forest. This reminded me of JMW Turner, the landscape painter, who had himself tied to a ship mast to better experience the sea.
In the background is her tent, that she's had since 1997. It rained on us, but the tent held strong.