I came here to study hard things -
rock mountain and salt sea - and to
temper my spirit on their edges.
"teach me thy ways, O Lord" is, like all prayers,
a rash one, and one I cannot but recommend.
These mountains - Mount Baker and the Sisters
and Shuksan, the Canadian Coastal Range and
the Olympics on the peninsula - are surely
the edge of the known and comprehended world....
That they bear their own unimaginable masses
and weathers aloft, holding them up in the sky
for anyone to see plain, makes them,
as Chesterton said of the Eucharist, only the
more mysterious by their very visibility
and absence of secrecy.
Annie Dillard - b. 1945
Pulitzer Prize-winning American author