view from top of the rock


Silver Star Mountain is an amazing alpine zone. The altitude is not high, but a fire in 1902/3 cleared the trees away, and many never grew back, leaving windswept alpine plants and meadows. The views are tremendous, and especially colorful on a winter day. From the top, six major Cascade peaks can be seen: Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, Hood, Jefferson, and North Sister.

Geologically, the mountain is a granite pluton that formed the plumbing of an ancient volcano. Several sub peaks, including Sturgeon Rock and Pyramid Rock, are old basaltic andesite flows that came out of the former volcano. The view is nearly unparalleled, and the mountain is one of the highest for a long ways, allowing for such an unobstructed view.

These are from November 4th of this year. Total mileage for this day was 13.2 miles.


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Naomi leads him out onto the balcony. The air gnaws at them with icy sharp teeth. The city twinkles and glitters 21 storeys below. She drops his hand and desolation once more grips his insides. She walks over to the short concrete wall separating them from the edge and places her hands on top of it, rocking on her heels. He stands there shivering, heartsick.  
Naomi: Come here, Roy. The view is amazing.
Roy: No, thanks. I’m fine where I am.
Naomi: But I want to tell you something.
Roy: No. I’m staying here.
Naomi: What a pity. Have it your way, then.
He blinks. In one smooth, feline movement she has climbed on top of the wall. He can taste fear and disbelief and vomit.
Roy: NAOMI. Jesus fucking Christ. What the hell-

imagine being carried by a minigiant

  • being swept off your feet when you can’t keep up with their long strides
  • feeling small in the best way
  • cradled in warmth
  • a slow heartbeat 
  • speaking to them and listening to their softly rumbling voice
  • feeling overwhelmed and enveloped by their presence
  • riding on their shoulders
  • enjoying the view from up high
  • their big hands around your ankles and shins, making sure you don’t fall
  • running your fingers through their thick hair, making little braids in it
  • resting your chin on the top of their head
  • making silly puns about their height and ducking as they playfully swat at you
  • gentle rocking and the muffled thud of heavy footsteps
  • falling asleep, trusting them to keep you safe

alternatively, the giant’s POV

  • they try to mask their breathing as they struggle to keep up with you
  • you know they’re too proud to ask for help so you don’t say anything
  • it’s really cute how determined they are
  • eventually you can’t stand it anymore, so you scoop them up mid-stride
  • they let out a muffled, indignant yelp. it’s more like a squeak.
  • you stifle your chuckle and try not to smile ( you fail )
  • they halfheartedly smack your chest and turn away to hide their grin, muttering something that sounds like “ya big doofus” under their breath
  • they think they’re being sneaky when they weave little braids into your hair, but you know exactly what they’re doing
  • you don’t stop them.
  • when they start drooping you slide them off your shoulders and back into your arms
  • your heart melts when they nestle in closer to your chest.
  • conversation fades into comfortable silence, and soon they’re fast asleep
  • the trust they’ve placed in you is nearly overwhelming. your heart aches from it. 
  • stepping as softly as you can, you carry them home.
We’re Still Here

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*Walks into the HP fandom two years late with Starbucks* Well, here I am for the deanmus ship week with your usual cliche post-battle reunion fic. Hope you guys enjoy it!


Dean stumbles over the rubble of the castle, tripping as his ankle twists over the uneven terrain. He kicks his feet out as he walks, debris flying forwards with each stride, the sound of rock clacking against rock snapping in his still ringing ears. He looks down the mountain of shambles he’s trying to descend, other students hovering around the base, trying to salvage whatever bodies they can fish out from beneath the remains of the school walls. 

He had climbed his way to the top to get a view of the courtyard, the battle’s ruthlessness leaving massive stretches of the school walls open and broken. The remains of the crumbled walls created a perfect point to survey the school grounds, only taking a few minutes of unsteady footholds to get to the top. He had spent his time there with a hand above his eyes to shade against the glaring sun, finally rising after the hell of battle. It brought with it the welcome feeling of respite, the dregs of students made fighters finally able to breathe a justified and earned sigh of relief. He had scanned over the span of the horizon, watching straggling wixes going about to clean up the mess, sometimes entire pieces of broken stone rising up and back into place, slowly but surely bringing the structure of Hogwarts back to its pristineness.

Even as high up as he had been, Dean has no luck in his search, the familiar mess of sandy hair nowhere to be seen among the wreckage.

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Fraser Island (2 of 3)… There’s a fair bit of laying around on this trip, I’ve got to be honest. This was typified by our starting point for the day, Eli Creek. It’s naturally occurring fresh water which is said to cure hangovers. We didn’t have hangovers and staying there for two hours seemed a bit OTT, particularly when most people were in bed by 11. ‘Hangovers’ cured, we visited the Maheno shipwreck and then the champagne pools, so called because of the foam which travels over the rocks into the lagoons. It was pretty cool but the draw of playing football with a few of the guys was too much for me (it’s like an addiction). Arguably the coolest aspect of the day was walking up to Indian Head, a cliff top with panoramic views of the island. From the precipice we could see enormous eagle rays surrounding the base of the cliff. Apparently they’re a favourite snack of Great Whites but clearly they weren’t hungry at that point in time. At dinner, Andy (one of the new pals) was cooking up a storm at the grill when he felt what he thought was a rogue sausage on his foot. I heard the commotion from the toilet and rushed out to be informed by Harriet that there was a 4ft snake which had slithered over his foot. Brett, our tour guide, informed us that this snake wasn’t deadly but that didn’t stop some of the German girls from sleeping in the car. The snake did in fact return later on in the evening, clearly in an attempt to make friends (he/she didn’t really succeed with this endeavour). We had more goon and played cards. Once again the card shark that is Harriet Park emerged as she rinsed us on numerous occasions. Her saying 'go fish’ is going to haunt my dreams.



So I thought I might as tell you guys where I’ve been for the last month. I went to Nepal with my mother to go trekking in the Himalayas, she has a bit of a mountain bug. It took seventeen days for us to do the Everest base camp trek with a bit of a twist as we crossed a pass to another place instead of just going to base camp. On another point there was also a blizzard when we were on the very top of the ridge and it was hell but also funny as my mum’s glasses were stuck to her face with ice lmao. The base camp was better for us than it is for some because there was an actual expedition set up camp there when I went, a Spanish group. It really makes the place… actually a place and not just a pile of rocks. You can’t even see Everest from there so it is really good to climb up the semi nearby small mountain of Kalapathar. Amazing views but froze me at least half to death. Met some cute girls and was promptly ignored by them so rip me, but seriously they were rude. Met a hot as fuck guy who unfortunately is a bit of a player and eight years older than me. Made a ton of friends, so many other friendly trekkers. AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) also known as altitude sickness is a problem so I got really worried whenever I got headaches. People die from that and many get airlifted out to the nearest hospital, I was fine though and so was everyone in my group. I really recommend going to this area, the Khumbu, if you go to Nepal because it is a lot quieter and less polluted than Kathmandu.

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Hike: Milton Reimers Ranch

I visited this park near Hamilton Pool because the pass I purchased was valid for both. Much to my surprise, this large nature area offered some incredible views of the Perdernales River and the unique landscapes surrounding it. 

I decided to combine a series of trails that ran along the top ridge overlooking the river, through some rock climbing areas and back down along the actual river. It was a hot day in February and I decided about 5 miles was good enough.

Not far from the first parking spot were some great vistas overlooking the stunning clear blue river and the landscapes around it.

I continued on a well maintained gravel trail all the way along the ridge and found plenty of additional vantage points along with the occasional signage providing information about Texas wildlife and landscapes.

Upon arriving at the rock climbing area in the back of the park I descended down to a primitive trail on the river which would take me back to the parking lot.

I couldn’t get over just how beautiful this river was, and resisted all urges to jump right in because I didn’t happen to see anyone swimming while I was there and wasn’t sure if it was permitted. Plenty of kayaks and fisherman were out, however. I stopped to skip some stones and just enjoy the scenery.

The final ascent back to the parking lot was through a small canyon where I passed a few climbers and hopped over the rocks and water rushing downwards. Overall, I’m extremely glad I gave this park a chance and got to experience some of this incredible Texas landscape.


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October 2016.

Zion National Park is incredible this time of year. I highly highly recommend doing The Narrows thru-hike if you can get a campsite reserved through one of their channels. My other recommendation is to rent the water pants and special shoes if you don’t have dedicated gear you plan to wear. My feet stayed warm and the rest of me stayed relatively dry, but that also may have been due partially to the fact that the river was pretty low. Even so, the hike still has incredible views, including the Milky Way as seen from the top of the giant rock in front of our campsite. I would have been happy there with my salty camp food, fresh filtered stream water, and my warm tent for at least five more days!

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My version of Valentine's

A single question from your place of betrayal
Burned into the chambers of my heart:

The monstrous lover jolts awake,
Glares at the mess I made.
Irregular pounding, shaky breaths, quivering lips -
One profanity to each beat, the list goes on

by the mountain of guilt as I driven by fear, pluck
the cord to make my escape.

Standing on the summit I have the best view of you (probably bewildered at this sudden switch of events) but you leave soon and I’m trapped at the top feeling like it’s rock bottom only that here’s where I can follow your tracks without creating another row of footprints behind you. Here’s where I whisper things about you that only I should hear, that I know the winds of fate don’t travel far enough to

reach you.
“You’re my biggest regret.”

(I wish we could speak again.)

Watch on

Yeah this is how to end a Saturday. View from top of Sugar Loaf (big chunk of Gondwana affinity metamorphic rock that towers over Rio)


#TravelTuesday with Guest Photographer Bob Wick through Southeastern Utah’s Red-Rock Riches!

Moab, Utah is synonymous with slickrock canyons and public land adventure sports. One could fill a novel with nearby public land recreation opportunities within a stone’s through of town. But for this trip, we’ll use Moab as a jumping off point to head further south into more remote canyons and mesas of Southeast Utah. 

Between Moab and Montecello is the immense Canyon Rims Recreation Area. It offers top-of-the-world vistas of vast the labyrinth of Colorado River Canyons including several BLM wilderness study areas and the east side of Canyonlands National Park.  The BLM maintains two primitive campgrounds on the rim, which are open from May to October and can serve as a base for exploration – although the views from the campgrounds themselves are so spectacular that there is no need to go far for stunning photo opportunities. More adventurous explorers can search the canyon rims for that perfect photo angle in the ever-changing light on the multi-hued red rocks.

Next, continue south to Cedar Mesa to visit one of the most significant cultural history locales in North America. This area was occupied by Ancestral Puebloan Native Americans, often called the “Anasazi”, between 800 and 2,000 years ago. Remains from their civilization are located throughout the canyons that dissect the mesa, and it is very moving and humbling to stand among them. Cliff dwellings, graineries and other structures are extremely well preserved and perched under overhangs in the cliffs. Amazing pictographs and petroglyphs can also be found here.  All of the sites require moderate to arduous hikes into the canyons and even multi-day backpacks are popular in Grand Gulch.  Due to the significance and fragility of the sites, you must obtain a permit for use of the area and numbers are limited during peak seasons. Plan ahead and also stop by the Kane Gulch Visitor Center for the latest information. 

Driving further south along Cedar Mesa, Highway 261 eventually reaches a lip that seems like the end of the earth – the mesa drops 1100 feet straight down to the desert below with the buttes and spires of Monument Valley visible in the distance.  The curiously named “Moki Dugway”, a bit of a white-knuckle route carved into the escarpment, allows you to drive down the cliff face to the valley below. A short drive further takes you to the Valley of the Gods, a hidden gem with scenery similar to that of nearby Monument Valley. Valley of the God’s isolated buttes, towering pinnacles and tall cliffs offer endless photo angles.  A 17 mile drive circles the valley and more adventurous explorers can go into the Road Canyon Wilderness Study Area for backcountry hikes.

Photo Tips: Often the best and most unique photo angles in Utah’s canyon country and other western landscapes require traveling far off the pavement on remote back roads, then hiking away from your vehicle. I often use web-based aerial image programs (like Google Earth) to scout areas before trips for the best potential photo spots. Safety should always be front in these remote places.  Even renowned western author and explorer Edward Abbey spoke of some close calls in the desert in his book Desert Solitare.  I always tell someone where I am going with as many specifics as I can. Most importantly I tell them when I plan to be out and when I will contact them.  I always carry a GPS emergency locator unit, and I can use that to check in with family each night while on extended trips when I am out of cell range. I also carry enough clothing and water to be able to be on my own without help for several days. Finally, I mark my vehicle location with a GPS waypoint so that I can find it when I am hiking back in the dark after an evening photo shoot!

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