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Wilderness of Rocks Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Piute Creek

BY GARY SNYDER
 
One granite ridge
A tree, would be enough
Or even a rock, a small creek,
A bark shred in a pool.
Hill beyond hill, folded and twisted   
Tough trees crammed
In thin stone fractures
A huge moon on it all, is too much.   
The mind wanders. A million
Summers, night air still and the rocks   
Warm.   Sky over endless mountains.   
All the junk that goes with being human   
Drops away, hard rock wavers
Even the heavy present seems to fail   
This bubble of a heart.
Words and books
Like a small creek off a high ledge   
Gone in the dry air.
 
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She Is Everywhere And Nowhere A The Same Time   1 comment

Hawk (1 of 1) blogA Coopers Hawk Along The Wilderness Rock Trail On Mt. Lemmon (8/8/14) — Image by kenne

A quiet forest

Before others scream a curse

Causing her no shame.

— kenne

Hiking On Mt Lemmon In A Mountain Storm   2 comments

Yesterday, I lead the SCVN Friday hike on Mt. Lemmon. The hike was one I had recommended when the summer schedule was being built, which involved hiking several trails from the parking lot near the mountain top. Since the hike would begin at the top and go down to Marshall Gulch, it was necessary to do a car shuttle by first leaving a car at Marshall Gulch, then driving on up the Sky Valley road to the mountain top.

Lemmon Rock-Wilderness Rock (1 of 1)-5 Lookout blog framedLooking back up at Lemmon Rock Lookout

The hike began on a path next to the Trico electrical station, leading us to the Mt. Lemmon Trail, which we followed to the road leading to the Lemmon Rock Lookout. Just below the lookout is the Lemmon Rock trailhead. The trail is steep, dropping almost 2,00 feet over a distance of 2.3 miles, ending at the Wilderness Rock Trail.

Lemmon Rock-Wilderness Rock (1 of 1)-4 Lemmon Rock Trail blog framedView back up the mountain as we headed down the Lemmon Rock Trail

We began the hike from the top of the mountain in mostly sunny weather. By the time we reached the Wilderness Rock Trail, which is where we stopped for a snack, a few more clouds were gathering above the mountain. It was at this point on the Wilderness Rock Tail last year that we were caught in a storm as we headed back to Marshall Gulch. Then, as it was yesterday, the first half of the hike had only a few scattered clouds.

Lemmon Rock-Wilderness Rock (1 of 1)-3 Ann, Jeff, Janis, Barb blog framedAnn, Jeff, Joyce and Barb

As we set around having a snack and sharing conversation, those of us who were also on the Wilderness Rock hike last year began to noticed that the weather conditions were beginning to look quite similar to last year, so we decided to continue our hike on to Marshall Gulch. Just a last year, not long after continuing, we began to hear thunder with a few drops of rain falling.

Lemmon Rock-Wilderness Rock (1 of 1)-2Janis, Barb, Tim blog framedJoyce, Barb and Tim

The clouds got darker, followed by more thunder, lightening and rain, all of which continued for the remainder of the hike. I couldn’t help experiencing déjà vu thoughts and wondering if in some way I have been cursed by the mountain gods. 

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Lemmon Rock-Wilderness Rock (1 of 1) Ken, Barb Tim blog framedKenne, Barb and Tim
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Going To The Mountains Is Going Home   1 comment

Aspen Loop To Wilderness Rocks

Aspen Loop To Wilderness Rocks

Aspen Loop To Wilderness RocksViews Along The Wilderness Rock Trail — Images by kenne

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken,
over-civilized people
are beginning to find out
going to the mountains

is going home;
that wilderness is a necessity…” 

― John Muir

 

Graffiti, Not Welcome In The National Forest!   1 comment

Wilderness Rocks_20120705_0424 blog. . . only if they are pictographs! — Image by kenne

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