Join us for the third installment of our Hike and Write series and produce fabulous poetry and prose from the wild winter surroundings.
I, Colleen Finnerty, shall be your fearless Sierra Club leader and contact person for this outing, but our guide for the outing will be Dr. Richard F. Fleck. Dr. Fleck is a former seasonal park ranger, naturalist and professor of American literature and environmental writing, author of a number of books including his latest Desert Rims to Mountains High (Portland: West Winds Press, September 4, 2013).
We’ll assemble in the parking area to hike southward along Pine Loop Trail for approximately 1.5 miles to circle back to parking area and gazebo to write descriptive haikuesque prose on winter landscapes. Then we will hike northbound on trail to circle back through an open meadow and small lake and back up to parking area (approximately 1.5 miles) to write again at gazebo descriptive prose. Grand total hiking 3 miles. Along the way we will see dense lodgepole pine forests, open ponderosa groves with scattered douglas fir and aspen trees, and open grasslands meadow with small lake. Here is a link to the park, directions and map: http://jeffco.us/parks/parks-and-trails/flying-j-ranch-park/
Remember to bring the following:
• Warm winter clothes (think wool and synthetics; not cotton) and boots
• Plenty of water
• Notebook and pencil or pen
• Optional: thermos with hot cocoa, coffee or tea
Come join us for a wonderful winter writing session!