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Scot and her husband, Jim, have climbed many mountains together, and for her, mountain climbing has become the metaphor that defines their long marriage. The shock of Jim's brush with death in the Himalayas releases a deep need in Scot to reexamine her own life's direction, both as an individual and in her marriage. Because the physical limitations of middle age are making themselves felt, she wonders how much time is left to her for teaching, writing, travel, climbing. Seeking to gather what she terms her scattered self, Scot retreats alone to a cabin deep in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest. As she explores the forest, she encounters a series of special and beautiful places that she comes to call her "stations", places where she experiences a remarkable sensation of complete merging with the natural world. As the seasons come and go, Scot names her seven stations: Old Growth Sculpture, the Green Cathedral, Four Alders with Perfect Posture--and makes a profound ritual of visiting them one by one, over and over again. In this ritual, at last she finds the deep stillness in which she can contemplate aging and death, mountains and marriage.
Scot's story is a moving chronicle of one woman's longing to express her innermost self and to find her place within the creative cycles of nature. It is also an eloquent plea for the preservation of more places where people can experience the beauty and healing power of the natural world.
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