A needed vacation


This quote below was read aloud at a work meeting earlier this year by a lovely man named Sulaiman; thank you for sharing these words worth reflecting on. Gallery to follow features my 3 days up in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.


John Muir on Hiking

“Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”

~ John Muir, quoted by Albert Palmer in A Parable of Sauntering

Truly, I sauntered through the mountains in Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe last weekend; I was in constant awe of the greatness that surrounded me. I hope this inspires you to appreciate the nature around you more, if you don’t already; maybe don’t take just take a walk or a hike outside, but saunter about with your head held high. Remember to breathe it all in and exhale a bit of gratitude for all living things.

I can never get enough of this place! Thank you to my sauntering companion, Christian, for making the 4 mile trek (2750′ elevation gain) from the base camp at Squaw Valley up to over 8200′ at the top where we found High Camp. We took the Shirley Lake trail to the Solitude trail, for those of you who know this area well.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Hello again world.


Welcome to my new and improved artistic portfolio.

I made myself a real website: renaemccollum.com 🙂

I’ve been incognito from WordPress this past year, hope ya missed me. I have been working as an Americorps member at a nonprofit in San Jose called Our City Forest. My year of service ends in August, so I’m searching around and applying for new jobs in the environmental field. I am hoping to find work in and around the Bay Area, or I have the option of staying at Our City Forest for another year. Time will tell…but now I must wait patiently.

renaescrabbleMy favorite Scrabble hand I got a few months ago.
renae modellingI modeled for a portrait class during the month of June at University Art in San Jose. It was my first time being on the other side of the canvas. I think I enjoy being able to create art more than being the subject of art. Alas, it was a cool experience and I made some extra cash! I enjoyed listening to the teacher, Linda Harris, interact with the students and see them all improve over the 5 week class.


I have a mini container and straw bale garden at my place. These are my favorite buds, eggplant + jalapeno 🙂

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