Caveat: Poem #906

there are the potholes,
each day, gaping and smirking,
tasting the trucks’ tires

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Caveat: Tree #20

Here is tree number twenty.

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This morning, I placed the Rockpit, AK, sign that Arthur’s friend Wayne had given him for Christmas. Now our “town” is properly identified.

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Midday, we drove into town because we have a leaky water filter we’re trying to fix, a problem that appeared when we reactivated the water supply after our long absence.

On our walk this afternoon, I saw Arthur sitting on a rock. He looked like a cantankerous forest gnome.

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[daily log: walking, 4km]

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Caveat: Poem #905

Tall,
distant,
hanging back
beneath gray skies,
a typical tree
hunkers down and faces
a glowering gale, groping
the nourishing ground with its roots.
The ground reaches back, lifting the tree
up
on
its
back

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Caveat: Tree #19 and some pictures

I had a kind of reunion with Arthur’s property here.

I went on a full circuit walk around the corners of the two lots. That sounds trivial, but in the highly overgrown, damp, boggy and slashy hillsides, it’s a major undertaking. I call it “tromping” as opposed to just walking or hiking.

I found the two strings I’d placed on the southern (uphill) property lines still intact, after 2 months of neglect. You can see the neon-green bits of string in these pictures.

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I took a picture of Sunnahae (“sunny hae”) mountain, with its snow, from up the hill.

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Later Arthur and I resumed our daily walks down the road to the east. I found my “rock folly” (a random collection of found objects) at the mile 8 bridge still there.

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I took some pictures along the road.

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Here is tree nineteen.

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Here are some additional pictures from the time in Ketchikan, yesterday.

A trailer park with a view.

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The dam at the Ketchikan reservoir, Carlanna Lake.

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Sunset from the Hollis ferry.

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[daily log: walking, 4km; tromping, 500m]

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Caveat: Poem #904

the bumps in the road
the warm silhouettes of trees
the welcoming rain

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Caveat: 11034 miles (17757 km)

My trip odometer was 11034 miles (17757km) since departing home 63 days ago. That’s a lot of driving. And now I’m home. I think I’ll do absolutely nothing for a few days. A vacation to recover from my vacation. Hah.

Here is a tree I saw while taking walk in Ketchikan as Arthur and I waited for the Hollis ferry.

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[daily log: walking, 4km]

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Caveat: Poem #903

America’s edge beetles downward,
descending continental slopes,
surveying seething waters,
and removing her clothes,
while whales bite her toes;
she tumbles and
bounds into
cold, bold
sea.

Sea
leaps up,
seething forth,
frothing, angry,
grasping at legs, arms,
ready to dismember
the hopes and dreams of calm trees,
which present themselves with aplomb –
even a grave, introspective joy.

Joy’s easy on the jumping ocean:
bits of water weave the chill air,
the great boat’s steel keel grinds, thrusts,
climbs green-gray, kelpy hills
and beats down the beast,
the humped, formless,
torturous,
wanton
foam.

Foam
wraps ’round,
entangles
her lissome limbs:
she surrenders
to the sea’s suggestions,
embracing the chaotic
frozen surges of lost borders.
The edge undefines America.

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Caveat: Tree #17

A distant, daily tree.

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Caveat: Poem #902

a boat plows water
into hills on either side
but time erodes them

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Caveat: Tree #16

Arthur and I drove north from Forest Grove, Oregon, to Bellingham, Washington.

I saw this tree, with truck, at a rest area off I-5 near Centralia, WA.

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We arrived in Bellingham and checked in to our ferry with Alaska Marine Highway. Our boat will be the M/V Columbia.

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I saw this view of the area of Bellingham called Fairhaven from the dock – this used to be an independent town but has been absorbed by Bellingham. Bellingham reminds me a lot of Eureka, California (a town of my childhood).

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We boarded the boat right at dusk.

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This blog post posted from a floating boat, just underway.

[daily log: walking, 1.5km; driving, 500km]

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Caveat: Poem #901

okay oregon
i guess i’m headed home now
off to alaska

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Caveat: Tree #15

Here is tree number fifteen – from yesterday.

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Today I was too busy. Here are some horses in the next door field, saying hi at the gate.

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I went to the mechanic (for the Blueberry). I went to meet my friend Raven in Portland – I went to elementary school with Raven.

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I went to get the car cleaned in the afternoon. And Arthur and I went to Costco. I spent the evening packing.

Tomorrow, we leave for Bellingham, whence we take the ferry to Ketchikan. Headed home.

[daily log: walking, 1km]

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Caveat: Poem #900

clouds
hover,
grasping trees
resolving doubts
introducing truths
pandering to aesthetes
by concocting fractal curves
odd turns of visual phrasing
that open the mind to redemption

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Caveat: Tree #14

The fourteenth tree. Or maybe there is more than one tree in this photo?

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Arthur and I are starting to get ready for our departure back up to Alaska.

[daily log: walking, 5km]

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Caveat: Poem #899

it stands like a frame
within are random branches
a gate into green

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Caveat: Tree #13

Here is a tree.

It is under a waxing gibbous moon (upper right).

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[daily log: walking, 1km]

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Caveat: Poem #898

moon above a tree
tilted to drop its insights
on the deer below

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Caveat: Tree #12

I drove back to Juli and Keith’s. I stopped at rest area and took this picture of a tree (with other trees) in fog.

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[daily log: walking, 4km]

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Caveat: … when I’m seven

Over the weekend. I visited my stepson Jeff and his family in the south suburbs of Seattle.

His wife Yvonne took this picture of the three of us (referring to the 3 generations). We were playing a game. Parker is 3 years old.

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I gave Parker some legos as a gift. He was building a tower.

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His mom asked him, “Don’t you wanna share them?”

Parker answered, “I’m gonna share when I’m seven. But not my candy.”

Being referred to as “grandpa” caused me to decide to shave off my gray beard and hair.

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Caveat: Poem #897

The key to friendship,
harmonious family:
Patience with silence.

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