While either snowshoeing along the lake’s edge, skiing off the ridge tops, or hiking into the back country, I reflect upon the wisdom of those who walked these lands before us. Their love of nature and its wealth of resources has preserved an environment that is truly precious.
Native American tribes, the Martis, Washo, Shoshone, and Piute, have lived in the Sierras for 6,000 years. They honored the land and used only the resources they needed for survival, believing that earth and man was one. To destroy the land would bring destruction to its people. They lived in concert with the environment.
John Muir, one of my Scottish heroes, referred to the high sierra crest as “The Range of Light”. Like many of us, he was dazzled by the symphony of color and ever changing tones of the Sierras. The vistas contiually change, giving us moments of reflection on nature’s majesty and unspoiled beauty. Muir first visited Lake Tahoe in the Fall of 1873 stating Lake Tahoe was the “queen of lakes” and devoted his life to preserving the Sierras. He believed destruction of the environment would bring destruction to man’s very soul.
Like Muir, I am continually amazed at the constant change of color and quiet peacefullness the land transfers. Like our Native Americans, I believe man and the land are connected, and feel fortunate Da-ow-a-ga is home. Rugged mountain peaks rise above mirrored lakes as spectacular granite sculptures, encompassing acres upon acres of wilderness. Let’s continue preserving this place we love so much!
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like Autumn leaves” (John Muir).