Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Siskiyou Pass

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Into the Strawberry Wilderness

Late March walking through Strawberry Wilderness, East Fork Canyon Creek. This trail meanders through forests of pine and fir, across lava flows, chipmunks scurrying into hiding into tunnels beneath the basalt. Wind whispers over the tops of trees, waterfalls and creeks roar across the canyon. Shadows cross snowfields and the pine needle floor of the forest. Hawks circle overhead, watching as I walk down the trail. Nobody has been here for days. There are no footprints on this trail but deer and other animals, deer droppings in piles along the trail.

Snow has not been gone for long. Patterns on the trail are the ripples of melting snow, the story of snow leaving this country but for a while.