yearnings deepened by time,
awakened by promise,
where water meets the mountains.
the future awaits,
and the past remains,
a confluence of time uninterrupted.
There's wisdom in these lakes.
Wisdom swimming in Mirror Lake.
Wisdom and I atop Tom, Dick, and Harry (nice name, huh?!?) Mountain, surrounded by the jewels of the Pacific Northwest- Mt. Hood, Jefferson, Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Rainier. Standing at the summit with only one other hiker, his dogs, and Oregon stretched out around us, we marveled at our luck at living in such a beautiful place. Two people, three dogs, and five stunning peaks finally finding their shine after a long rain.
We took pictures for each other, and then Mark, the other hiker, prepared to head down, but not before offering me some chocolate. As I broke off a piece of the Toblerone, I rearranged the top 10 essential backpacking gear list I composed on the way up to include chocolate #'s 1-9. The world and trail are sweeter with chocolate that's shared.
Wisdom resting at the summit with Mt. Adams in the far distance.
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Location:Mt. Hood, Oregon