but the map says it’s here!
this is supposed to be icicle creek
at the cascading tumble of roasting rocks
what made you think icicles could exist in Hell’s Canyon?
but the map says…
maps say a lot of things
doesn’t mean you should trust them
after nine parched miles
10,000 anguished steps
past three dry gulches
the advertised water had not appeared
although, in fairness to the map
rattlesnake creek had partially lived up to it’s name
even weighted by a fifty pound pack
adrenalin had defied gravity
launching my ten foot leap
over the awakened, angry rattler
guess I should have filled more than one water bottle this morning
what’s the next creek called?
a drop of sweat splattered on the map
tio stib, 2016, from a thirsty memory