I Don’t Scale Steep Mountain Peaks Anymore

Me above Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada on a Hitch Hiking trip in 1972
Me above Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada on a Hitch Hiking Back Packing trip in 1972

Despite the rumor that 70 is the new 40 or 50, I don’t scale mountain peaks anymore, nor do I do much at all. Those who rage against the dying of the light like the 107 year old man who recently jumped from a plane, look for activities that combine adventure with a chance of fame (going viral) like his skydiving did. I heard that skiing down an iceberg in Antarctica was a thrill too.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.  Dylan Thomas

(I plan is to go gently into the night accompanied by my favorite music and images.)

“I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement; battered by the winds and broken in on by the storms, and, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair.”  John Quincy Adams (6th President of the U.S.)

For Now, Adventure is a Click Away:

 You can take a trip down the Thames River in London or visit the Venice canals thanks to Google Street View Maps on the link below. Miss the crowds and steps in Rome and the long lines in Paris. Just type in the place you want to visit in the search window.


Google also has a new project that documents art museums around the world. You can find places by typing “Art Projects” into the search window on the above site or just Google Google Art Projects.

Visit Next Monday for tips on how to Update your online navigation and digital darkroom skills

Copyright © 2013, Marlene Hutchison





3 Responses

  1. Beautiful “once upon a time” photo. Doing the same thing via “Google maps” is now so much more appealing – the main activity being working the remote or lifting a glass. Love you.

  2. Hi Marlene,

    Your photograph makes me feel all kinds of emotions, mostly melancholy and sadness, and a sense of “carpe diem”.

    I am 38. When I was 19 I hitchiked from Quebec to Lake Louise and further west, and worked at the Deer Lodge in Lake Louise for 2 months. I did the trail you appear on many times. It was the best time of my life.

    I’m writing a book at this time about my experience, digging deep into my memories. It feels unreal to see you there, 4 years before I was born. The photograph is superb, I love the light vintage feel of 35mm.

    I wish I could go back to that time and climb that trail with you.

    1. Thanks for sharing your memories about the trail above Lake Louise and I’m happy you liked the photo from a slide. We hitchhiked on that very memorable trip to Canada too. We camped at the first little lake off the trail and were lucky to have the lake completely to ourselves. I can’t imagine what it’s like now.
      Good luck with your book and of course “carpe diem.”
      P.S. Sorry it took so much time to respond. My son told me there was a cool comment to read on my site just this morning. I’ve neglected the site because I’m trying to finish a photo project about ranch land becoming housing developments where I live in California.

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