In The Naked Winter

Photo by me, January 2017.


he rain approached from the north, rolling over the mountains of the Cohutta Wilderness of North Georgia. I did not have much time atop the mountain; with the rain comes the wind. 


If I had been on this spot a week earlier I would have been standing in the snow and bitter cold. By the time I made it up there, the snow was melted and it was me and the skeletal trees in winter hibernation. There may not be a prettier spot in the Georgia mountains, at least there was not on that day. 


I hike to think, I stand on top of mountains and I look at the stars every clear night to dream and wish. In those brief moments the world is all mine like the early morning.

Photo by me, January 2017.

The walks taken in the valleys through the adverse conditions are worth it for the peaks in life, no matter how brief they may be.