Voyageurs

Thunderstorms, even severe thunderstorms, are common on the northern plains, especially in early summer.  Warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico sweeps up the plains to collide with the yet wintry and drier air of the north.   Most often these storm cells collide and dissipate without much fanfare. But sometimes, and ever so rarely,…

Walking With You

Walking with you is like this.  We explore hillsides and logging roads. Mountains and meadows. Once we found a coyote skull. Once porcelain pottery fragments, old bottles, and buckshot. Once a wooden boat, hidden in huckleberry. That was decades ago, near a mountain lake, where there once was a summer camp. The boat was nearly…

This Mountain

We live at the base of So-Bahli- Ahli. Lofty lady. It’s the name local tribes gave the mountain that presides over the living here in our far-flung corner of the Pacific Northwest. The valley of the Stillaguamish.  This was before the settlers came and the farmer that lost his horse.  The mountain that was once…