We see them up thereseveral
herds of tundra elk, and rising
above them, Sundance Peak.
We cannot resist leaving our car
to hop from rock to rock across
the flowerful terrain and almost
merge with these slow-moving
grazers who pay no mind to us
as we hoof along a ridge higher
than they, where we can admire
the Mummy Range stretching
north and, at last, after gazing
down at our antlered companions,
we sit atop the highest point and
stare into alpine patches of snow
looking like some giant Appaloosa.