Zen Mountain is located in the Oregon Cascade Mountain range . As a matter of fact ; We are the Eastern Edge with a gorge at our feet. You can look for it on a map but you can’t find it that way. There are some city folk that will point it out and many more whose eyes will will just glaze over.
The name started as just a grin when a friend used the phrase ” Let’s just head up to Zen’s mountain to see what he is up to” ..”Zen” being a nickname I went by in the day. The name stuck, spread and is now simply referred to as Zen Mountain.
Zen it’s self has less than a dozen families running around the summit .This is the second ” you can’t get there from here. ” place I have lived , I have been up here over a quarter of a century now . Zen is ever changing with new little obstacles to toss at us , not the least of which being an average wind of 30-40 mph .
As you sit in our front room , you watch eagles, hawks, falcon , ravens ,crows and carrion birds fly in front of or below you .
From the porch it is not uncommon to have coyotes , deer and wild turkey in the yard or elk , bear , bobcat or cougar lurking about the edges of our property . On occasion you even get to see the wolf pass through .
We have a deer path of a road leading to another road , which , in turn , leads to another , and is actually the paved back road that you follow down to a town of 400.
Summer spells drought . Our soil is either clay or rock , any thing we add to that , the wind carries off if we don’t keep it moist . Between the two basic problems there , as well as short growing seasons , we keep only a small garden though it keeps us going during the growing months as well as canning pasta sauces, apple goodies , drying herbs and peppers, freezing other veggies and fruits.
So, with all of that in mind , I sit here at my comp , on Sundays , and write my stories and ” isms” with a slightly different view. Sometimes , you just have to un-focus your eye to see what is right in front of you.
I hope you stop by off and on and see what is new on Zen Mountain
and with that ,
Take a deep breath , relax for a moment,take a look around and have a jolly day ,