National Geographic : 1985 Jan
SARASIEMENS-LUTHY July 1983 after a record winterfall. Treacherousdips called sun cups form in springand early summer, a revelationto many of the 53,000 trekking the backcountry thatyear. can only gaze and wonder." The four CCCers with us there in the darkness were as touched as I by the sensi tivity of the words and the way Jim Snyder read them. We knew we were all learning about more than just trail building from this disciple of John Muir. NNIE BARRETT is one of Jim's trail crew protegees. It was near the end of my stay in Yosemite when I watched her fitting stone into a switchback stairway and listened to her summation of what this park means to her: "I stop work sometimes and look down at the valley, and across at Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point, and think how insignificant I am in this wilderness. "But then I realize that I do have a place and a significance in it. If people were not here, would these mountains and waterfalls be really here? It is the experiencing of our world that truly makes reality. The philoso phers tell us that." Annie then sculptured another rock with her hammer, and I watched as she tenderly tapped it into the exact position for which she'd designed it. "So I'm helping to make the experience both possible and real. After me others can come, to love it as John Muir did. And as Jim Snyder does. And as I do." 0 Yosemite-Forever?