Elevate Me, Hike 56

August 21, 2011

Sea level.

Too low! Up up up is where I belong. I began among the ocean trees and devilish durians and followed the Cascade Head Nature Conservancy Trail as it steadily rose to a more comfortable altitude.

The indolent hours of vacation had taken their toll. I climbed and climbed, afraid of staying on the ground for too long despite the weary trek. My wings were wilting in the salty air and the buoyant water did little to lift the dead weight of my atrophied limbs. Climb the rocks, climb the dirt, climb the trees. Brittle bones, maintain your structure! There was no time for snapping breaking crunching. The trail needed to be conquered if my strength was to be regained.

Relief! I emerged from the woods.

I met with quiet disdain from the local ladybugs. I was an intrusion. Do not worry, friends; I’ll soon be gone.

The wide meadows opened like a curtain and the waves would have drown me if not for the height. The puzzle-piece shore met the curving wall of water. Teeth and hips, hips and teeth; the world is a body. Higher, higher! Ocean rocks. Higher, higher! Roving river.

The velvet undergrowth cushioned me as it did the growing stalks. I lay down in the grass to rest my head, as the stems reached higher. I slept, they grew. I must have returned home at some point, but I can’t recall.

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10 Responses to “Elevate Me, Hike 56”

  1. Emad said

    Excellent photos !

  2. lynnwiles said

    You hike, I walk, I believe on different coasts. Wonderful images that I hope to have more time to enjoy in the near future.

  3. ahh the oregon trails! what beautiful photos you have on your site here. i will be following you … if not on foot, than thru your lens in cyberspace.
    k☼

  4. Boston Margy said

    Wonderful!

  5. […] Sea level. Too low! Up up up is where I belong. I began among the ocean trees and devilish durians and followed the Cascade Head Nature Conservancy Trail as it steadily rose to a more comfortable altitude. The indolent hours of vacation had taken their toll. I climbed and climbed, afraid of staying on the ground for too long despite the weary trek. My wings were withering in the salty air and the buoyant water did little to lift the dead weight o … Read More […]

  6. These photos are beautiful.

  7. hannakelsie said

    btw- i tried out that vegan mole recipe you recommended, thanks!

  8. Love your blog…..it is poetry itself amidst the grandeur of nature.

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