As we reach higher altitides the temperature drops and a hint of the approaching winter is in the air. Snow that has fallen earlier in the day is now melting in the sun. But soon the cold weather will settle in, the plant and animal life will disappear and winter winds will bluster through the mountains and leave them to desolation and quietude.
In earlier days, those who lived hereabouts were farmers and ranchers. The seasons told the tale of their lives; but now for most of us our activities redouble in the nadir of the year. Today, we overlay our schedule on the movement of the planets. And soon we will be gearing up for school, winter sports, concert seasons, Christmas and the annual struggle with the elements.
Looked at that way that our path seems downhill; but on this path we are still climbing.