words and pictures can do little justice for how incredible our 11-day trek West was.
for now, i'll attempt to intertwine a few of the experiences on my favorite hike up to Surprise and Amphitheater Lake on the Grand Teton.
and so i'll let my thoughts go uncensored...
disobeying a usual writing format, hoping to give you how any given moment felt up in the snow-cap mountains:
camp-weighted, we traversed 1,300 miles Westward
pavement repetitiously pushed us further along towards unknown
magnificently stretched mountains greeted us
point reflections in the alpine waters beneath
hastily chosen hike: 9.8 miles. 9,698 elevated ft.
we brought ourselves places. persuaded our breaths to climb higher.
begged-legs and salted brow.
breath-taking views in thinner air
rationing our sips of water
hours like minutes
upward, the trail began to level.
reaching the mountain's bed where treasures were hidden
glaciers melted concerns
into crystalline mountain lakes
their waters of snow and ice, warmed by the closeness of sunlight
the sun stretched closer to the edge of the summit
with daylight perspectives closing
we gathered what will there existed to leave this incredible place
there is a piece of us tucked away in the amphitheater
three pieces tall
modest . appreciative . quiet .
but existent nonetheless
on the Grand Teton, is a wholeness we're certain to revisit