Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Missing: Enumclaw Mountain

In my backyard stands a mountain. A grand mountain checkered with rock faces and lush forests. It's appearance constantly evolves as weather patterns surround the 2,785 foot tower. The mountain's name "Enumclaw" was derived from a local Native American word meaning "strong wind" or "thundering noise".

The mountain is a huge presence in my life and I look to it daily to read what it has to tell me. It's sunny? My how the golden sunset lights up your shale cliffs. It's raining? Yes, you are shrouded in clouds.

The mountain has seen death. It witnessed a plane fly into it's vertical face many years ago, taking the lives of the three on board, and the life of our neighbor who climbed and fell on his way to the crash site.

When I looked to the mountain the other day (for a weather report or a sign or just a moment of beauty) I was surprised to see it was gone!

I didn't worry. I knew eventually the clouds would separate and there it would be again. My mountain, my friend.


Unknown Wednesday, June 09, 2010 1:54:00 PM  

Lovely tribute. I miss my brothers, the mountains that circle around El Paso, who used to hold me in their arms.

Sandy ~~~ Wednesday, June 09, 2010 2:15:00 PM  

Thank you Breathe...I know I will miss the mountain when we move to NM. Luckily I will have one of his family watching over me there. Cougar Mountain will be the wise old man.

clairz Wednesday, June 09, 2010 2:33:00 PM  

This is a good time to tell you how much I like your header photo. We used to see Mt. Rainier from our back porch in Puyallup, but only when the mountain was "out," which wasn't all the time because of our usually cloudy skies.

I will never forget the expression of horror on a friend's face when she looked past me to see the huge plume of ash the day Mt. St. Helen's blew. I had my back to it and after seeing her face was almost afraid to turn around. Although it was hundreds of miles to the south the ash cloud was very frightening.

And yes, you'll have lots of mountains for company in NM.

Lovely post.

Sandy ~~~ Wednesday, June 09, 2010 4:10:00 PM  

Thanks so much make the header pic even more beautiful...that's my filly, Heavenly Justice, heading to the gate!

Bruce Thursday, June 10, 2010 4:37:00 PM  

It will soon be replaced. I have a pic of your new mountain taken from our new patio.

Aragon greyhounds Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:40:00 PM  

Wow I just read on another post you put a CD on a gordon setter. On of my training buddies in obedience and tracking has gordons also. She has put a CT(champion tracker) and UD on one of her gordons. It is a small world!!

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