The mountains sound like silence

The mountains sound like
Carabiners clinking on metal pots and zippers
Jolly rancher wrappers being scrunched into some tiny pocket
Metal cables creaking as the bear bag is pulled high into the air
Water rushing downhill over rocks
Leaves crunching underfoot
And occasional silence that makes the sounds and thoughts in your head become silent too.
Above is a poem submitted from Emma Koeppel, a Beloit College student, Wisconsinite, and native landscaper. The photo is of Mikayla Clarke, (sister, hiker and New Hampshire Native) on the Appalachian Trail during her thru-hike this spring/summer.

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