Rustler Camper Sleeper Truck

John Muir wrote to his wife Louie, “Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”

I imagine there was a reason Muir wrote this to his wife in a letter and didn’t say it out loud to her as she scrubbed her undergarments against a rock in a river while he foraged nearby for berries.

Baggageless travel isn’t for all of us.

But I will say this—what he’s driving at makes sense. Why go into the woods if you plan to bring the world with?

The best thing technology has going for it is the often effortless ability to contact those you love. But with that comes the constant interposition of valueless communications into daily lives.

The mountains ofter many things, but I found myself especially appreciative of the abysmal wifi and near-nonexistent cell reception.

For now, I’m keeping the hotels and baggage. But I’ll happily leave behind the dust and chatter.

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  1. I love this!