Montana Outdoors

April 2, 2007

The balance point.

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Reflections, Writing — montucky @ 2:32 pm

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Man eats 47 cheese sandwiches in 10 min. – AP

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As he headed up the steep slope of the ridge the rock felt hard and solid beneath his boots and the brush tugged at his legs. No trail here. The air was getting thinner with the increase in altitude and his breath was coming harder now, his pack a little heavier and its straps were damp from the exertion, but the breeze drifting up the slope was cool on his neck. Another hour to the top.

Behind him the ground fell away toward the valley far below. The valley of man… the world of noise, concrete and steel, of smoke …and headlines.

Nature greeted him at the top with a display of Her floral beauty, and at his feet, the tracks of the great bear left in the last patch of winter’s snow.

Ahead, on the far side of the divide he looked down at wild valleys clad in spring grass, mountain ridges resplendent in green and a world without the cares of man. He had arrived once again at the balance point.



  1. My father used to say that he often felt the urge to walk off into the mountains… you describe that .. wanting to leave behind all the junk and get to the balance point where life is good.


    Comment by Cedar — March 5, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    • Cedar, I am now at the time of my life when I can go out nearly as often as I like. My balance is so much better! I wish it were possible for everyone to experience that on a regular frequency.

      When most of the snow is gone, I frequently climb to the top of a mountain near here. I always think that if everyone in the world could do that at least once every summer, ti would become an entirely different world.

      I see you have tolerated many of my rambling thoughts from years past, and I thank you for taking the time!


      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  2. Wow! amazing writing, Terry!!! Yes, it would be nice to just go off and be away from all the mayhem!


    Comment by Barbara — March 5, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    • Thank you, Barbara. It is always nice. I am blessed because those places are relatively close and I still have the strength to visit them often. I always return refreshed.


      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

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