Last week I set off on a jaunt on my favorite mountain with Howard Rheingold and friends, participating in the ritual he calls "Church of Mount Tam". Totally embarrassingly, I only stayed with the group for the first 200 yards, which were directly D O W N the side of the mountain, when my elderly left knee decided to drop out and take communion on flat or uphill ground until the rest of the congregation returned.
I had a rare and delightful time wandering completely alone, and took a few photos, including the one above. I needn't have bothered since this turned out to be an amazingly well-documented walk, including a whole Flickr stream by Fabrice Florin and a lyrical video by Freddy Hahne (his sound track is brilliant!).
This little congregation isn't alone in loving Mount Tam, either. Tomorrow night I'm going to hear Tom Killion and Gary Snyder present their new book on this beautiful mountain, Tamalpais Walking, at Book Passage in Corte Madera and I just know the place will be packed with Believers.