B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1990
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"Riding the Pulse of a Mountain"
"If we were to think in “geologic time,” the spring run-off would be the single beat of a great heart. A heart that pauses to rest only in the winter of the mountains, pulsing forth in the spring and summer of every year. The whitewater surges forth through the mountain gorges, canyons and streambeds like so many arteries, arterioles and capillaries. One long “systole” of whitewater to follow the “diastole” of winter’s gradual filling of reservoirs of H2O, seen to us as blankets of snow.
Every living thing along the banks of the resulting rivers is nourished by the water, much like cells are nourished by capillary beds that run along them. At places where water churns and crashes, negative ions are produced: particles that hold one too many electrons. We come away from places like this (waterfalls, beaches where waves crash, rainstorms, even the home shower) more energized. We seek out these places, not just because they are beautiful, but because they make us feel better. It is an emotional & mental nourishment, along with the physical necessity our bodies (and the wilderness around us) have for water. A soul rejuvenation."