The Mountain Speaks :
"I am Tacoma - Monarch of the Coast!
Uncounted ages heaped my shining snows;
The sun by day, by night the starry host.
Crown me with splendor; every breeze that blows
Wafts incense to my altars; never wanes
The glory my adoring children boast.
For one with sun and sea Tacoma reigns.
Tacoma - the Great Snow Peak - mighty name
My dusky tribes revered when time was young!
Their God was I in avalanche and flame -
In grove and mead and songs my rivers sung,
As blithe they ran to make the valleys fair -
Their Shrine of Peace where no avenger came
To vex Tacoma, lord of earth and air (enraptured.)"
Living With A Volcano In Your Backyard ???
Mount Rainier, an active volcano currently at rest between eruptions,
is the HIGHEST peak in the Cascade Range.
Its edifice, capped by snow and 25 glaciers,
has been built up by untold eruptions over the past 500,000 years.
It last erupted in 1894-1895, when small summit explosions were reported
by observers in the Puget Sound (PNW) cities of Seattle and Tacoma.
"Last campfires never die.And you and I, on separate ways to life's December,
Will always dream by this last campfire,
And have this mountain to remember."
Sources:(1) "The Mountain That Was God" - Edna D. Protor (1911)
(2) U.S. Department of the Interior/USGS archives - (2008)
(3) Clark E. Schurman - ("The Chief") - (1955)
(4) Journey - "Wheel In The Sky" - (1978)
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