Or sortof about climate change.
The piece had an odd wrapper, was bookended by a different story, and seemed to me to have the wrong shape, conforming to the wrong genre, as it were. Or at least a slightly awkward shape.
It was a ways into the piece before you reached the nut of the matter:
In a nutshell, the warming climate is allowing the forest to move higher on the mountain.The start of the article, though, was a narrative about seeking and it zoomed in on one person's subjective experience:
“There are two things happening right now — at Jefferson Park and throughout the Cascades — both caused by global warming,” Sullivan said. “The first is the melting glaciers, which sends down floods and (debris flows). The second is that warming allows trees to be able to grow at higher elevations.”
They arrive from every corner of Oregon — and even from across the country — on a remote gravel road just outside the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.The piece started out as a story about longing for Beauty.
Thirty cars line the small parking area at Whitewater Trailhead 68 miles east of Salem, their owners stepping into the bright sunlight on a recent Saturday wearing hiking boots and carrying backpacks for a journey into one of the Cascade Mountains’ most beloved hideaways.
“I’ve wanted to do this hike for a long time,” says Caitlin White, who made the trip all the way from Beaufort, N.C., after scouting the hike online. “The pictures looked just amazing.”
And it ended as a tribute to fading Beauty - but not Beauty harmed or hurt. The fading was just a semi-natural aging or development, hastened or modified by climate change, but not essentially a human-caused rupture.