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The Wolf Within

wolf

If you should find a wolf inside
howling with madness in the wind
remember that his twin,
also resides within

if one should growl and bare his teeth
find the brother, that you must
warm and friendly,
in his heart love grows deep
feed the one with a smile,
but let the other sleep

Two wolves battle within each boy
one small and filled with lies,
the other born of a gentle soul
the difference in who prevails
rests not in size or bite
but the one you feed, will win the fight

——–
Inspired by the Cherokee legend of the two wolves…


Thanks for stopping by! (The Wolf Within  is from my newest
book ‘When Shall the Butterfly Rest’  available on Amazon , Pic is from Pixabay.com )

 When Shall the Butterfly Rest


© 2018 by James Spruell, All rights reserved

Along the Shore

In an autumn eve, so long ago
one day in an autumn gift
footprints crossed in the sand,
in time chose a path, a life to share
the walk along the shore

traveling by the waves
hands as one, the sand revealed
a heart had been won
imprints on the beach
forever etched as one


Thanks for stopping by! (Along the Shore  is from my newest
book ‘When Shall the Butterfly Rest’  available on Amazon, pic is from Pixabay.com)

© 2019 by James Spruell, All rights reserved

Butterflies Just Passing By

butterfly

Hiding in windows
known only to time
are ripples within the veil
life’s little roses that float our way,
then so quickly fade away,
butterflies just saying hello,
but before the moon can rise
leave once more,
their journey to explore


Thanks for stopping by! (Butterflies Just Passing By  is from my newest
book ‘When Shall the Butterfly Rest’ 
 available on Amazon , Pic is from Pixabay.com )

 When Shall the Butterfly Rest


© 2018 by James Spruell, All rights reserved

 

Flowers

Purple and yellow flowers

The sun lingers as if to say,
for just a tiny moment, I wish I could stay
before my rays, my warmth must depart
to gather tomorrow’s flowers from nightly dreams
and sprinkle in mountain meadows
and morning beams


Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! I post weekly poems on my website the Poet’s Heart for those who enjoy poems. 

(Flowers  is from my newest book ‘When Shall the Butterfly Rest’  available on Amazon )


© 2018 by James Spruell, All rights reserved

 

Wings of Wax

Winged Pair

With wings of wax
Icarus flew
on strands of an autumn air

But like moths drawn to the sun
Icarus learned
what Daedalus had ever warned him
not to do

Icarus, my friend
the wings you wear
are the morning frost

ever so beautiful to behold
but fade
oh so quickly in the sun


Just for fun… and yes, there are a zillion
poems about Icarus (google it), and now there’s one more 🙂  

Thanks for stopping by! (Wings of Wax  is from my newest
book ‘When Shall the Butterfly Rest’  available on Amazon )

© 2018 by James Spruell. All rights reserved

 

Just Puttering Along

Just a snail

Puttering along
hiding from the cold
of a brisk Autumn air
a snail creeps along
singing his little song

I don’t care if I’m just a snail
God loves me and sunbeams
warm my soul, sang the snail
as he puttered along

Though majestic as the mountains are
and roaring seas remind all of their might
or winds that howl through the night
though I am just a snail
I too belong, sang my friend
as he puttered along.


The story of the snail… just puttering along.
(Pic is by Jon Sullivan who has released it into the public domain)

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! I post weekly poems on my website the Poet’s Heart for those who enjoy poems.

 (Just Puttering Along  is from my newest
book ‘When Shall the Butterfly Rest’  available on Amazon )


© 2018 by James Spruell, All rights reserved

 

Timpanogos Cave – the Hike

the trail

The Timpanogos Cave National Monument  is a popular destination for adventurers and families wanting to explore underworld caves. But did you know that it is also a very popular hiking destination!

The trail up to the cave has incredible scenic views of American Fork canyon and the surrounding area.  The hike is about 1.5 miles with a ~ 1100 foot climb from the base to the top, in good condition, with even a few benches scattered along the way. The trail grade varies from gentle to 15%+ at times.

Trail 1/4 of the way

Directions

From Interstate 15,  take the Alpine-Highland exit (#284 ), then head east on State Highway 92 for ten miles. (Skip to map below)

 

At the base of the hike leading up to the cave

The cave and trail are a part of the National Park Service and is a fee area although multiagency passes are available:

“The Monument is surrounded entirely by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and visitors must stop at a US Forest Service information station on the way to Timpanogos Cave. Visitors going just to Timpanogos Cave are not required to pay the US Forest Service American Fork Canyon fee. Visitors planning to go beyond the Monument and use US Forest Service recreation sites are subject to [fees]” Read more here

 The Cave is open from mid-May to October, depending upon the weather. Advanced purchase of tickets is highly advisable during peak periods. The trail is a very popular day hike and on a typical outing you may encounter individuals, families with small children, and other groups.

In my 2014 visit the trail was paved and in good shape. The trip to the cave — up and back — can take a couple of hours depending upon how often one stops to take pics! Do take plenty of water, especially in warmer months.

Timpanogos Cave — Map

 

 

© 2015 by James Spruell All rights

Battle Creek Falls

the Falls

Battle Creek Falls is located along a narrow, and occasionally steep trail just outside of Pleasant Grove, Utah. The trail itself continues 2.4 miles below and above the Falls, intersecting the Curly Springs trail at 1.1 mile before joining the  Dry Creek trail at 2.4 miles.

The falls and trail are a part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and in 2014 was a non-fee area.

Battle Creek Falls

The trail is a very popular day hike and on a typical outing you may encounter individuals, families with small children, and other groups. The trail is shared by hikers as well as mountain bikers and equestrians, i.e., do exercise some caution due to narrow trail conditions.

Battle Creek Falls
View of the Falls in Spring

The scenery along the trail is incredible with views of Utah Lake and the Valley. Dogs on leash are welcome and will enjoy playing in the stream.

Once at the falls, visitors can easily access the base with its cool spray and collecting pool. Or the more adventuresome might try rappelling the approximately 50 foot down the side of the falls.

Directions

From Pleasant Grove: Travel east on 200 S until it dead-ends at the trail head parking lot. The falls are a short hike up Battle Creek Canyon…(Skip to map below)

 Battle Creek Falls Trai
View from Battle Creek Falls Trai

In my 2014 visit the path was not paved or graveled but fairly well kept. The short trip to the falls started off fairly flat before becoming a little steeper closer to the falls. Trip up and back took less than 30 minutes each way …depending upon how often one stops to take pics!

Valley View
Looking back toward the Valley

Battle Creek Falls — Map

 

© 2014 by James Spruell All rights reserved

Granite Flats

the Campground

Granite Flats is located in the beautiful American Fork Canyon with camping sites scattered among Aspen, Douglas Fir, and Spruce stands. Campsites are easily accessed and conveniently located near water and restrooms. Picnic tables and fire pits are available.

The campground is a part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and is a fee campground and area.

Granite Flats, American Fork Canyon, Utah
View from Granite Flats

At roughly 6750 feet, evenings are often cool, and a nice escape from Valley heat. Children and adults can enjoy fishing and picnicking at Tribble Fork Reservoir located a short distance  away (about 1 mile). The small reservoir/lake is stocked with Rainbow trout with some resident brown trout, etc.

Timpanogos
View from base of Timpanogos

Hikers can explore any number of area trails including a steep but beautiful climb up to Timpanogos Cave, the Baker Fort Trail, or up to Box Elder Peak. In winter months outdoor adventurers enjoy family sledding or cross- country skiing.

Directions

Per USDA: “From Salt Lake City, Utah, take interstate 15 to the Alpine-Highland exit (exit 284) and go east on Highway 92 for 8 miles to mouth of American Fork Canyon. Go 5 miles up canyon to junction, take the North Fork (Forest Service Road 85) to Tribbles Fork Reservoir, stay left on paved road for 1 mile to campground. ” The campground is easily accessible with paved roads to the 44 single & 8 double campgrounds. (Skip to map below)

Granite Flats

In my 2014  visit to the campgrounds the grounds were clean, well kept, and the  forest and site staff friendly. We enjoyed our stay along with quick trips to the reservoir, Timpanogos, or site seeing along the road.

Granite Flats Campgound — Map

 

© 2014 by James Spruell All rights reserved