Enjoy a cup of snow melt tea…

Born in the woods,

enlightened in the woods,

In the woods he passed away.

The Buddha to his followers said,

Be sure to practice in the forest wild.”

                           – Pitaka Vinaya


There is no real hope of traveling perfectly light in the mountains.

It is good to try, as long as you realize that,

like proving a unified field theory,

mastering Kanji,

or routinely brewing the perfect cup of coffee,

the game can never be won.”

~ Smoke Blanchard (1915–1989)

Walking Up and Down in The World: Memories of a Mountain Rambler (1984)

my friend Smoke Blanchard, born this month of March, one hundred and two years ago.



There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried… …We but half express ourselves.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


If you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.

~ Lao Tzu (died/ascended circa 531 BCE)


That’s rock salt she added to the snow melt, brick tea, and milk.


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