Grizzly Peak 7-23-21

Photos by Tysen and Valerie

Eleven of us enjoyed hiking the familiar trail to the top of Grizzly Peak on a lovely day with moderate temperatures and clear air. Among the highlights were the beautiful summer Delphiniums as tall as ever, and a ‘convention’ of butterflies busy in their work and undisturbed by our gawking.

All of our notable mountains were visible through the familiar summer haze. One hiker observed that the haze gave the mountain ranges a particular beauty in the subtle variations in their shades of grey/blue, similar to the effects seen in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Resting for lunch in the usual location at the top, Kathy read a delightful poem by Maya Angelo expressing the plea of elders to hold onto their agency and independence.

Elisabeth

Here is the poem that Kathy read at lunch

On Aging  

When you see me sitting quietly,
Like a sack left on the shelf,
Don’t think I need your chattering.
I’m listening to myself.
Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!
Hold! Stop your sympathy!
Understanding if you got it,
Otherwise I’ll do without it!

When my bones are stiff and aching,
And my feet won’t climb the stair,
I will only ask one favor:
Don’t bring me no rocking chair

When you see me walking, stumbling,
Don’t study and get it wrong
‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy
And every goodbye ain’t gone
I’m the same person I was back then,
A little less hair, a little less chin,
A lot less lungs, and much less wind
But ain’t I lucky I can still breath in.

Maya Angelou

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