Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us. #RobertMacfarlane via Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit #mtdiablo #rockcity #mountains

Such a good read especially after a lovely hike. “The Old Ways” by Robert Macfarlane. It’s about his trek across Great Britain but I think it’s really about the inner journey. Am reading now about the Blue Men of Minch. Nothing like verse loving mermen who kill you if you don’t reply in like rhythm and metre. #robertmacfarlane#minch#mermen#scotland#highlands#walking#hebrides#journey#trek#rhyme

A nostalgic photo of the time and place I finished the beautiful book called ‘The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot’ by Robert Macfarlane. I’ve taken my time with this one; paid attention to the details and made many notes in my journal (also pictured) for future reading adventures. Until next time, so long friend. #theoldways #robertmacfarlane #walking #books #nostalgia #journals #edinburgh #freemans #uk (at Freemans Coffee Shop)