Field Report No. 20160207BB
Topic: Talking with the cedars
Conditions: Brisk and sodden
COMMENTS: Today as I rose I retraced the hurried hoof-skids of a four-legged mammal on a quick retreat from last night's windstorm. In many places the storm's force had pierced the forest's soft belly with spears made of its own dismembered dendritic arms. Rootless as they are they will drop to the ground before the next storm turns its face to this holy hill. And as I worked I became unstoppable, also scratching the earth with hurried, starved feet. As any true part of this land I forgot myself completely throwing away gender, shape, politics, until I could feel my Self again: calm and silent, speaking the most beautiful ephemeral poetry to me in a secret language. Together me and my master, the inseminator of my future, these giants, the forest and I danced. In our perfect, golden rotation for a moment we held the entire universe in balance. so it goes with my many silent days in the forest spent talking with the rain and befriending bucks.
KEY FEATURES: The Cougar Squak Corridor is replete with bipedal stumps, animate ferns, animal friends everywhere. A light dusting of rain and rooted rollies for more miles than one can run in a day. Unruly off-leash dogs.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Cougar Mountain features friendly trails closest to the city with high starting points enabling minimal-elevation-gain romps. Squak Mountain is moody, meaty, cold, and a bit unkempt. Tiger Mountain hosts the mother of all Pacific Northwest ultras as well as steep, challenging, committing mountain runs at all distances in between. Five of its six summits are nearly always deserted. Issaquah Coffee Company before, Noodle Boat Thai after. Enough said.