Day 5: Map, Ode, Metaphor; “Alpine Zone”

Maps tell stories about places we know and others we wish to visit. About technology and the speed with which we can traverse vast distances, and about the things we’ll see (or avoid) on our way from point A to point B.

I have chosen to write about an actual region on a map. No particular route yet, a poem about a location I have inhabited

Alpine Zone

Bike, hike, climb, a peak

Eyes closed, seeing senses,

Summer suns my cheeks,

Soft edge needles I sense,

Ponderosa, Douglas Fir, & Lodgepole,

Pungent Western Pine forest tickles my senses



    1. I have driven through the Cascades towards the Washington and Oregon Coastlines on my motorcycle.

      I stopped in the Western US Cascades mountains to enjoy the colorful beauty, splendid alpine smell, and the climate change.

      At the time, I was not a writer, just a traveler, yet my experience h​as been embedded as part of my essence and memory ever since. .

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