Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Summer visitors: Gary Snyder

As the flow of visitors through the Committee’s store dwindles to a trickle with Tioga Pass closed, it’s fun to remember back to the busy summer and all the friends who came to see us. Last August we had a real treat: poet Gary Snyder stopped in to say hello!

Gary Snyder at the Committee bookstore!
Gary Snyder at the Committee bookstore! Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Gary had given a talk at the Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series in Tuolumne Meadows the day before. Before heading home to the Bay Area he came by our bookstore to pick up some reading material, and asked if he could greet the staff. We were all pretty excited to meet this literary giant, who has written about Mono Lake and the Sierra.

Interns Claire, Nick, Nora, and Executive Director Geoff visit with Gary in the bookstore.
Interns Claire, Nick, Nora, and Executive Director Geoff visit with Gary in the bookstore. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.