After a long day on the trail, it can be apropos to curl up in your tent or around the fire and enjoy other people's adventures in the areas you're hiking captured in books.
"Recollections of a Rocky Mountain Hiker" is a collection of writings and photographs by Jack C. Moomaw, a legendary ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park.
"The Continental Divide was just ahead; some of the smaller parts of it were leaving for the plains. We hurried over, leaning with our carried skis into the wind. The land sloped gently down to the westward for a mile or more, covered with great snow fields that were almost as hard as rock and fluted and carved into fantastic designs by the ceaseless winds. In the distance, as far as the eye could reach, lay scattered, forested, snow-clad ranges like the billows of some mighty ocean tossed and left frozen."
This comes from "Winter Patrol," a chapter in the book at one time published by the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. Apparently the book was on display there. I got a copy through inter-library loan from the Koelbel Public Library in the Arapahoe Library District, almost certainly in Colorado, one of five states the CDT passes through.
Perhaps the only thing better than carrying this book through the park section would be to have met Moomaw, who passed away on Jan. 10, 1974.