Hiking thoughts

Posted on 3 August 2008 at 9:15 pm in Original Stories, Personal Stories, Writing.

A walk in the woods

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The dreariness of the day limits the amount of hikers

The quiet of the forest

Streams formed by the rain of yesterday

Some trickling down the path we walk on

Others in torrents, slowly eroding the sands beneath our feet

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Boulders covered with moss and lichen

Slimy to the touch, slippery to traverse

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Do we take the longer hike around the ridge to the top

Or the shorter, straight up on the wet boulders

The longer has the view, the shorter has the adventure

All roads lead to Rome, so we take the long way up, the short way down.

Fog descends from above to cover the vista view

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It plays peek-a-boo with us, teasing us with glimpses of the lake

Our choice was good, we get to see sites that the other hikers miss in the fog

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The way back is steep

Jackets get tied around our waists

Sweat drenches our shirts as we complete our journey

A passerby takes a picture of the three of us.

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It is the only one of us three together on our week-long trip.

Back to the solitude of our cottage

Lunch, a rest and then back on the road again.

 

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