I’m still in awe of these mountains.
Where I grew up, it was flat as a table.
Marsh and swamp
fields of corn and beet lines all following the horizon.
Difficult to connect to something when all you keep looking toward
is the horizon.
Here though, in the foot hills of these Cascades
a certain wonderment fills the air.
No longer lost
or looking West.
You can’t escape the mountains here.
You are enclosed by them. A constant reminder
of a billion years of rocks mashing and volcanoes rising
and glaciers melting.
Nature has put herself right in front of you daring you to forget
she is there.
That’s why the people here seem settled even as the grey rain
fills the sky day after day.
Nature is where we belong, it is where we were wild and free.
And that freedom is lost when you can only look West.
We drink these mountains, live from their waters collected
as snow from the Autumn through the Winter until
the Spring melt.
It is hard to escape Nature here.
Even in the cities filled with yachts and skyscrapers and
pavement as far as the eye can see all the way
to the Horizon.
There looming above is Pilchuck and Ranier and Baker.
Dominating the skyline in steel blue grey jagged peaks and
glaciers that connect us to our wild selves.
It is wild here, among these mountains and rivers.
The urge to run that my Midwest self fought and succumbed to
has been satiated.
This transplant has dug deeper roots here among the wild.