“I’ve wanted to climb that mountain for 20 years.” “I’ve been looking at that mountain the entire time I’ve lived here and never been up on top”. “I’ve waited to climb this mountain my entire life.” These were the comments heard as a group of 53 people climbed Black Mountain near Point Reyes National Seashore on Earth Day. Black Mountain is an icon on the landscape and is sacred ground for the Coastal Miwok tribe. It is currently owned by Black Mountain Ranch. Many of us have looked up at it in awe because of it’s shape, color and ability to catch a pink glow in late day light. For one spectacular bright sunny day we came together to look at the mountain with fresh eyes, from the top.
We walked in silence up the mountain. We watched herds of cattle run from us in the green grass and hawks float in the uplift of the hills. Along the ranch road California poppies seemed to light our way to the top. As we arrived at the top, no one said a word. It was a moment of seeing our landscape with fresh eyes and wonder. To the north the hills were green, to the west the Pacific Ocean, to the East a slight moon rising and to the South the Lagunitas Creek watershed and Mount Tamalpais.
As I looked to the south, one participant stood on his head looking out. It was if seeing this landscape from the top for the first time was so inspiring it required looking out with as many angles as possible! What was it about this mountain, on this day and this group of people that created such energy? [Read more…]