The moment of discovery
Looking through old pics in my LJ Scrapbook, I came across this one. This is Explorer Post 697 on our first Philmont trek in June 1997. After a long schlep up the trail from Baldy Town, we reached the Alpine Meadow, a lawn of turf about 500' below the summit of Baldy Mountain. The crew simply walked forward into the meadow, in awe of the clear view of the mountains on three sides.
The girl with the very long hair, almost rivaling Cousin Itt, whose back you see in the middle right, is my daughter Anna. She was our crew leader on that first trek, age 18.Alpine Meadow, Baldy MountainExplorer post 697
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific—and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
-- John Keats