TO CAMP MUIR THE SECOND TIME

not the snap of a tree
but avalanche
followed by bounding rock

the big climb still ahead

early July, on Rainier
the trailhead temperature
38 degrees
when we embarked
up over the freezing level

drinking snowmelt
small ice crystals

the play of Maya
as steam-clouds from St. Helens
keep changing shape
until the west crater appears
and clouds over again

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