Happy Winter Solstice and Merry (almost) Christmas! I hope this week is filled with light, love, and laughter with your friends and family, new and old.
This week I returned to Marin, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, to visit a multi-tiered waterfall called Carson Falls. Carson Falls cascades through Little Carson Creek, a tributary of Kent Lake in the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. Carson Falls is my 15th trail description for Modern Hiker, and I'm really proud to have hit this milestone.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the hike:
This week I was listening to Emily Blunt's interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, and I was struck by an observation Blunt made about storytelling. Blunt was talking about how nervous she was auditioning for director Rob Marshall for “Into the Woods.” She says (at 17:36):
I thought her words about “telling a story that moves people” was a beautiful sentiment. I related to it, in a way, as a hiker/writer. A lot of times people ask me how I came to write, and it really was the other way around—I came to hiking first and writing grew from there. I struggle with feeling like I’m not up to par as a writer, but reading this helps me remember the value of hard work, telling a story, and bringing joy to people. It brings me joy painting a trail’s story with pictures and words, and I take Blunt’s words as inspiration to keep working hard to tell them.
I wish you a wonderful holiday and a very Merry Christmas,