The other side...

         As a boy from the Northeast, when I was younger I always dreamed of seeing California and the Pacific Coast by the city lights of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica mountains as the ideal way to see "the other side" for the first time.  Well a lot changed over the years in terms of the man I have become and what my idea of ideal is.  The mountains, forests, and the call of wilderness has replaced city lights and hustle bustle.  

         This past Summer, at the age of 39, I finally saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time, far away from any lights other than those of the campfires on the beach and the endless sea of stars in the night sky, along the coastline of Olympic National Park... And I wouldn't trade that experience for any other I could have had!  For this boy from the Northeast, here is my first look at "the other side." :-)

         Happy Memorial Day friends, enjoy the kick off to Summertime fun and adventures!!!

                                                                                                        Brandon Kline

Sierra Club Event

         I want to share this for anyone in the central Pennsylvania region that may be interested in going...

         Sierra Club Moshannon Group hosting a free forum on Sunday March 26, 2017 from 4-6pm at the Katz Auditorium, Penn State Law School.  The event is co-sponsored by American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Penn State's EcoAction, and Penn State Law School.

         There will be four successful environmental advocates speaking - Jim Slotterback (Responsible Drilling Alliance), Cricket Hunter (Interfaith Power and Light), Peter Buckland (Penn State Sustainability Institute), and Lara Fowler (Penn State Law School)

         The forum centers around the question - "What can I do to help save our planet?"

         It sounds like a very informative event and I am looking forward to it!  In the very Spirit of the Sierra Club, here is a John Muir quote which I feel echoes strongly in regards to our current matters at hand -

         "The wrongs done to trees, wrongs of every sort, are done in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, for when the light comes, the heart of the people is always right." - John Muir, John of the Mountains:  The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938) page 429.

On the trail in Glacier National Park 2016

Looking up in Olympic National Park 2016

Autumn Maple sunrise along the Long Trail, Vermont 2016