Somehow we didn’t plan on snow. We knew when we went to bed last night that our outdoor activities for the day today would involve snow and rain, so after some thinking and a bit of research we decided that we would snowshoe today. No, neither or us had ever snowshoed before but a place up the road offered snowshoe rentals, so why not?
The rain was coming down when we left for our adventures this morning. We bought a couple of emergency rain ponchos in hopes of keeping somewhat dry. The guy who rented us the snowshoes gave a quick demo of how to strap them on…and we were off! How did we not know about snowshoeing before? We hiked miles through the local forests on Mt. Hood…in the rain and in the spaces of unexpected sunshine that we experienced as we walked.
one foot in front of the other
the white powdery snow.
Each step takes me deep
into the white of my thoughts
cooled by the frozen landscape
warmed by the blood coursing through my veins.
The forest cradles me
its silence quieting
the noise and rush of daily life
each step brings me closer
to understanding myself.
And a bit of whimsy. from my students..a poem about the escape of a hamster:
Hammy I’m sorry
That I left your cage
Open that night, you were
Gnawing at chemicals, partying
In the walls racing through tunnels,
Hiding in the lower sink,and sleeping under
The couch. I’m sorry for what I did, even though you liked it, I really really missed you.
And a fun one about bear slippers that just came via my email!
on my bare feet
even though it scares my dogs
it’s still funny
cozy slippers on my feet