Janice "Pepperoni" Raddatz and Harmony near Meiss Meadow

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 June 2014

July 16, 2009.

Encounter with Janice "Pepperoni" Radditz and her fine horse, Harmony.

A significant part of the views hiking along the long trails are into the folks we encounter, and into ourselves.
The High Sierra does not just give us great perspectives of its own beauty, it acts as a backdrop and arena within which humans can establish relationships with themselves, each other, and nature.
The environment necessary to support these types of relationships is currently unavailable, call it "Out of Order," within the current operating values, the terms of social interaction, and motivations of  American mass-culture, mass-population, of our obese mass-consumption society.

Until we step into the Sierra Wilderness and step outside of our own self-imposed limitations. And into another set of limits: The trail demands a daily distance be covered. This distance can require we minimize our hiker interaction time.


Thus I pack extra food for each section of trail. The more food we can carry the more time we can spend observing and interacting. The less food we bring the lighter our packs, but  we are really limiting the time we can spend enjoying what we've worked so hard to see.

The pain of carrying weight vs. the pleasure of extra time in the wilderness. 

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Meiss Country Roadless Area 

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