The destructive forces of Mother Nature
Anyone that has spent much time at the ELC has seen, or at least heard stories, of the waterfall. Every Mountain School student secretly hopes to visit the waterfall and when they do everyone hears about its splendor. Adult program participants often make the trek up in the evenings for sunset, admiring views of distant peaks while listening to the water. Many of the graduate students visit the waterfall to journal, think and reflect.
The waterfall on January 22, 2009
But today it does not look like the waterfall that so many remember. Earlier this season an avalanche ripped through and left a huge debris field. To say that debris litters my favorite picnic spot is an understatement; the debris in that spot is roughly ten feet deep. The debris is nearly twenty feet deep at the foot of the waterfall. The water has punched a hole through the debris, creating a deep cavern. Now I wonder, how long will it be before we see the base of the waterfall? Will I still visit the waterfall to journal? Will my spot be covered in debris? Perhaps I’ll have a new favorite spot, with a perfect smooth log to serve as a backrest and another to rest my feet upon.
The destructive forces of Mother Nature are pretty phenomenal. Witnessing this transformation of the landscape reminds me of the impermanence of all things that seem timeless and it makes me thankful to be here, witnessing the change.