Report inspires former resident

Reuters reports that the U.S. Geological Survey has lowered its estimate of the height of Denali/Mt. McKinley, Alaska, thanks to new technology. It is now officially 20,237 feet tall (vice 20,320 feet in 1952), which prompts this observation:

 

Denali is shrinking and

It got me to thinking

What’s a poor climber to say?

When we got near the top

Will it count if we stopped

Some eighty-three feet away?

 

The ground is still frozen

And I have not chosen

To scale the now-shorter peak

I mean, what’s the use?

Be it blue or chartreuse

It’ll prob’ly be lower next week.

 

And, come a high tide

There is a bright side

As we head for the hills of snow;

It’ll still be inspiring

But it won’t be as tiring

‘Cause we don’t have as far to go.

 

Bill Gronvold

Orlando, FL

Formerly of Kenai

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