Gerry K.
user 4103016
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 2
Hey Group,
here's some silliness for the message board.

You've probably heard of haiku,
the Japanese poetry form with three lines of 17 syllables arranged 5-7-5.
But, I bet you've not heard of hike-oo (it rhymes with haiku).

You guessed it....hike-oo is haiku with a theme of hiking or other outdoor activity.
Here is an example written about the Sunday May 6th Group hike along Turnagain Arm Trail from Windy to McHugh.

'Windy' would describe
both start point and hikers' pace.
Lunchbreak elusive.
Gerry K.
user 4103016
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 8
Here is some new silliness re the fine Hatcher Pass skiing conditions this week:

Hatching plans to ski
near Independence Mine, or
is it Hatchering?
user 4070271
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 11
Okay, let's see how many silly poets (or bad poets, in my case) there are in this group.
Here's one in anticipation of my flight BACK to Anchorage next Monday:

Coming home at last
Looking down at the mountains -
Ski trails unexplored!
user 4070271
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 12
Or, in honor of the faithful H&L/G&W group:

Tuesday night hikes rock!
Heart and Lung, or Gasp and Wheeze.....
The Tooth unites us.

Now that's REALLY bad. but true.
A former member
Post #: 7
Hiking Sabino early
Sweat, gasp, wheeze
Pace quickens beer bound

Thats even worse but very true.
Doug Van E.
Fruita, CO
Post #: 79
Mary has suggested that we collect photos from the group and compile a 2008 Adventurers MeetUp Calendar.

Should we
Must we
Hike-oo bind
user 4070271
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 13
Doug and Mary - really like the calendar idea!

As may be said:

Hikers, friends and dogs
shot laughing, climbing, sweating
Memories unbound.

Okay, ANYONE can do better than that!......and let's start collecting photos!
Gerry K.
user 4103016
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 9
Here's another yay vote for the calendar idea. And I will be glad to provide any stored photos I've collected.

Glad to see the interest in composing the hike-oo poems. Please continue.
And for those who have strayed somewhat from the intended form (3-lines with 17 syllables arranged 5-7-5 as in haiku), I encourage trying anew.

Hike-oos should follow
five-seven-five pattern, eh?
Discourage slacking.
user 4070271
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 14
Okay, in honor of Gerry's new pulk making subspecialty:

The crafty Gerry
Designer of adventures!
Hike-oo pulku-ist...
Gerry K.
user 4103016
Anchorage, AK
Post #: 4
Here are some Hike-oo poems we composed on the Wrangell's trip in late June 2008.

--------June 22 (Sunday):

Alluvial fans
offer up rocks for hikers.
Backpacks get heavy.

Hiking up valley
first four guys head up to clouds.
Rest of Group goes lower.

-------June 23 (Monday):

Rain without letup.
How to shelter our cooking?
Pterodactyl tarp!

As we hike from camp
glacier appears reachable,
then seems to recede.

------June 24 (Tuesday):

Boys' Camp, trapped by snow.
We climb to visit. Today,
The hills are alive!

(composed by Jo)

------June 25 (Wednesday):

Early morning sun
warms me in my sleeping bag.
Oh! Beautiful Day!

(composed by Jo)

------June 26 (Thursday)

Moving up-valley,
big grizzly detects campers;
flees across river.

What really matters?
Food, dry tents, safety from bears,

(composed by Jo)
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