I prayed for a pearl-grey sky. I needed
the altitude of weather and distance
from my life. I wanted resistance
walking, to be done with the unheeded
world that begins with me….
from “A Place on This Earth, Where You Can Walk Downhill into the Drift of a Cloudbank,” by Nicholas Samaras, of West Nyack, NY (a title that is not only the longest, but the best of all the 40 pieces that will appear in Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry this August!)