Never ending gush—
I love this Seattle site,
So open and green.
A Falls Witness
Through no fault of mine,
Proud to be a falls witness,
Understand my awe.
I remember now,
As a Snoqualmie* native,
I’m a waterfall.
*Taken in Snoqualmie, WA, while I visited Seattle last week.
Home base: Lucerne
From Lucerne to Engelberg by train,
Seeking the heavens once again.
Xpress cable car carried us part of the way,
To board the Titlis Rotair gondola for a panoramic display
Of the grandness of Mt. Titlis,
Leaving us breathless.
Once reaching Mt. Titlis summit at 10,000 feet,
We can see how the sky’s the limit, a visual treat.
Next challenge was the Cliff Walk
On a suspended bridge that made us almost balk.
But we braved through the span in spite of the cold wave,
Leading us to Titlis Glacier cave.
Before going all the way back down,
We stopped at a lake a few levels above town
To see more of the mountain and glacial lake views,
And took a rowboat for a short scenic cruise.
Then to Engelberg base village we finally went,
To visit a historical museum, witnessing a mountain bovine event.
On to get snacks in a local cheese factory,
Just before going to a Benedictine monastery.
Alas, the day soon ended,
So back to Lucerne we returned, feeling splendid.
Home base: Lucerne
Traveled by boat from Lake Lucerne to Weggis,
By aerial cable cars to Rigi Kaltbad,
Rode the cogwheel railway to Rigi Staffel,
Hiked up to the summit of Rigi Kulm —
The highest peak of Mount Rigi (1,797 m, or 5,748 ft above sea level) —
Hiked to a dairy farm,
Snacked on cheese made from the farm’s cows,
Trekked on various trails,
Took the cogwheel railway back down to Vitznau,
Cruised on Lake Lucerne back to home base.
Sweet, cozy, and warm
Better than a catacomb
Swimming in nectar.
Frigidly fringed eaves
Nature’s ready-made dagger,
Straightened iced sickle.
O Valentine mine,
You pursue like a cheetah;
Treat me not as prey.
Ice, snow, wind combined
Winter bluster blast.