It was an exacting -5 F at 7:29 am. Naturally, it was time to get out of the car, lie in the middle of the highway, and ponder how the visual system gives rise to the perception of texture, convergence, and perspective.
“From the patterns of stimulation on the retina we perceive the world of objects and this is nothing short of a miracle.”
— Richard L. Gregory, Eye and Brain, 1966
“I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown… and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities. . . it is enough that I am surrounded by beauty.”
— Everett Ruess
“We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. …The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”
— John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley