image by Glenn Buttkus
“Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, blazed
along the Pacific Coast, Mt. Rainier is the noblest.”
I live in the “Ring of Fire”, in one of the fertile valleys
scooped out by Mt. Rainier magma millions of years
ago. The Cascades sport six active volcanos. Mt.
Rainier is our tallest and most majestic at 14,411’.
North of it we find Mt. Baker, which has the most
snowfall, standing at 10,786’. Just south of Rainier,
we encounter Mt. Adams, looking like a smaller twin,
standing at 12,781. Southwest of there, we come
to the infamous Mt. Saint Helens, which erupted in 1980.
It once was 9,617’. After it blew its top, it is only 8,307’.
Due south of it, in Oregon, we discover Mt. Hood, that
stands at 11,249’. South of that, in California one finds
Mt. Shasta, a looming 14,179’, second tallest in the
We are told that at any time, perhaps after a massive
earthquake, one of more of these mountains could
erupt. These peaks have never been cold.
Wolves get relocated.
They adapt and thrive quickly.
Then comes a bounty.
Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub