Ml. 709.7 – 730.9: 21.2 miles, 34km
I’m back. Together with the rising sun a new day brings new energy and hope. I’m ready to hike, even with a heavy backpack. It’ll get lighter each day I get closer to Mount Whitney and Forester Pass. We hike 14miles till lunch. The views are amazing. The South Fork Kern river meanders through the meadow. It’s beautiful. After a 5 mile climb we find a great spot for lunch with the first views on the snowy mountains. OMG I’m back. Sierra my beloved Sierra!!!
Headquarters and I talk about our wilderness school. How this trip keeps on confirming us we’re on the right way, how we keep realizing how important it is that we keep doing what we are doing: creating time and space and giving impulses to others to start reconnecting with nature. We both feel blessed. We both are grateful. We both are happy. And we hope to share it with the people we meet. People we meet here along the way, people who take classes with us, everyone. In the first week of our PCT adventure Headquarters was like Damn I feel like I don’t know anything. I shouldn’t teach. I think that is exactly why he should teach, why we should teach. Knowing that we know nothing and everything at the same time. Knowing that our students are our teachers. Too many people teach out of their ego, like to stand in front of groups to get confirmation how smart they are, how their ideas and believes are the best. I think we should teach out of a humble position. It is not us teaching, it is nature, we all learn from eachother.
I left the catholic church a year ago (I no longer wanted to be a part of the ‘institution church’) but I often think of Jesus. I bet he was an awesome person, considering the fact people still talk about him 2000 years later. I’m sure he was a teacher who wasn’t afraid to lower himself, to wash the feet of his students (no matter whether you take that literally or not) and still stood up for what he believed in. Haha no I’m not comparing us to Jesus here!!! All I am saying is that the longer we hike the more we realize we have to keep on teaching, even if we feel we don’t know enough, we’re not good enough. We will continue creating time and space where people can learn from, with and in nature, from and with eachother.
While we hike the last 6 miles down I can feel and see Whitney coming closer. I am flushed with memories. What will it be like to be back on the JMT? Will I be melancholic or will I write a new story? Or maybe both? I don’t know but I guess we will find out soon.
Day 43: The Sierra is coming!!!! Wuhuuuu!!!