Day 267 : circumambulation


Sandy: In Marin County there lies a Sleeping Lady – Mt. Tamalpais. It is the backdrop looking west for much of southern Marin and is the southern view for northern Marinites. There is controversy surrounding who coined the nick name but it is said it was given because Mt. Tam’s silhouette resembles a reclining woman. The mountain’s elevation is 2,574 ft which one can hike from the base to the top and down again in a day. I’ve done, what is called a circumambulation of Mt. Tam, which is going up and around the mountain and down again. It’s approximately 15 miles and takes 8+ hours. The route I’ve taken with friends was created as a ritual walk, opening the mountain, in 1965 by three Buddhist poets – Alan Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen. It is a physical as well as spiritual experience where you become absorbed in the beautiful vistas and smells of the earth as you follow the contours upwards of this magnificent mountain, respectfully chanting at ten designated points.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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