Sunday, March 01, 2009


With the Menno Panther

Following in the footsteps of Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen, and Gary Snyder who inaugurated the circumnavigation of Mount Tamalpais, San Francisco’s holy mountain, this weekend we prowled around with Olivia Wenger, the original Menno Panther. We were trying to forget all our trials and make our own way as confused individuals. Along the way we paused to venerate special trees, honk on some grass, absorb the geography, and dwell on the human ecology of being friends on a particular mountain.

moss on a tree

jennifer speculates while the menno panther smirks

small hip break on the ascent

giant ferns cascade like cataracts on the cataract trial

worshipful mood sets in

small mennonite women recline on the west face of mt. tam

jenn lies down on command as olivia looks on

jenn tries pathetically to honk with grass
jenn smiles modestly while darren succeeds 9 times in honking

olivia has a good time
darren hugs a purple tree like a young girl on a practice date

a painfully posed picture at the summit pagoda


Anonymous Olivia said...

Thanks Darren and Jen. The Menno Panther will return when you least expect it.

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