This website is dedicated to

Andris Vezis
NOCA Fire Crew Boss
who believed in me when
he had no reason to

and to the Desolation trail itself:

Ross Lake sparkling in morning light, heat, dust, bugs, sweat, itch, up, up, steep, sunscreen wicking into eyes, no breeze, breeze, branches in the face, birdsong, wildflowers, water bottles, jerky, apple slices,  muscle soreness, tripping on roots, pack chafing, heartbeat, rest, go, insulator on tree from long ago lookout line, up more, views , mud at the spring, slow trickle of water, switchbacks, large tree root at top of treeline to step over, columbines, overhanging cliff above, mosquitos, endless, closer, blueberries, pinecones, lilies, bear scat, campground, marmots, ptarmigan, false ridge, Jack behind, Nohokomeen Glacier glowing, real ridge, Hozomeen and at last—-
the lookout
standing, waiting, remembering, smiling

s i l e n t


 Pam of Nilzon Designs has been very helpful in getting my design of this story translated to the web.