After setting up the computer system for the Tuolumne Meadows store, I decided I needed a break from technology and took a quick hike up Juniper Ridge. Ranger Margaret Eissler describes the ridge as having the feeling of “utter wildness” and I agree. As it rises over Tuolumne Meadows, it’s only a stone’s throw from the bustle of civilization, yet on top of the ridge the terrain appears untouched by any human endeavor. Ancient trees greeted me and Johnson, Unicorn and Cathedral Peak beckoned me from across the meadows. The viewpoint also afforded me a good perspective of the abundance of water from our wet winter and spring.