Synopsis: In 2011, a tiny bird observatory in far western Sweden found itself hosting its first American volunteer, and Meera Lee Sethi found herself exactly where she wanted to be: watching great snipe court each other under the midnight sun and disturbing lemmings on her way to find a gyrfalcon nest. Mountainfit is an ecological field notebook, a keenly observed natural history of the life that sings from the birches, wheels under the clouds, and scuttles over the peat bogs of the Swedish highlands. And it is a letter, in 21 jewel-like parts, from a well-read and funny friend. Meera's vigorous, graceful prose communicates a wry understanding of how utterly ordinary it is to long for more out of life--and how extraordinary it can feel to trust that longing. Meera's intent was to create a book small enough to fit in your pocket and read on the train to work in the morning. It is that. But it's also large enough to contain a mountain or two.
My two cents
I have had this book for a while. I even hosted Meera on this blog with her array of beautiful photography and even more cheerful words. I held off on reading this but my timing couldn't have been better. I picked this up when I was feeling a little worn down (probably because of the sudden drop in temperatures) that I thought a little bit of humour was needed. Because really, why would I want to miss witnessing a lemming do a back flip?
Reveling in Meera's words and wonder is the next best thing to being out there in the slopes of Sweden.
Bird lover? Animal enthusiast? Love the outdoors? Have a soft spot for a contemplative life without the hum and distractions of a city life ... you need to read this.
There. A short, simple yet much-deserved rave about a great book!