Follow The Orange Blaze

Follow the orange blaze I heard.


Enjoy the day with your friend she asked.

And I said…sure.


It will be beautiful

We were pretty sure.


And we were right.


Just watch for those orange blazes.


And stick with your friend.


Until she disappears.

Me Hike

And this is the last known picture taken of me.

When I continued to follow the endless orange blazes…


That loop

And loop

And loop.

As everyone else follows the white blazes.

And then call the forrest rangers out to find and rescue you.



I wasΒ not lost.

I knew whereΒ I was.

I was not in the right place.

Until I got back to the right place.

I never stopped looking, moving and getting there.

I just took a longer time to get there.

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39 thoughts on “Follow The Orange Blaze

  1. You finally got there. That’s what’s important. πŸ™‚

  2. [ Smiles ] I followed the orange blaze and found it entertaining!

  3. tric says:

    What a beautiful place to experience this time of year.

  4. niaaeryn says:

    Beautiful colors! I too have taken awhile to get to the meeting point…but I was lost, my friend who was guiding us was not…just a little off on the trail general direction was okay. πŸ™‚

  5. dogear6 says:

    Ha ha ha ha! In other words, you followed the path you thought was right. Just like the rest of your life! Loved the pictures and that was a great one of you especially.


    P.S. Thanks again for getting together last weekend. That was wonderful!

    • It was a great visit Nancy. David and I still talk about it. πŸ™‚

      I did follow where I thought I was supposed to be. But where I was supposed to be is not where I was. πŸ˜‰

  6. Paul says:

    Personally I think being lost is an important part of being human. I get lost regularly on purpose.

  7. Gibber says:

    I’m still following it. When is someone coming to get me? Ha!

  8. The photos are exquisite. If I’m parted from others I hope it will be in such circumstances.

    • It was beautiful. Towards the end there were some beautiful caves. But I had gone too far and was too tired to get the camera out again. Which just means I should go back. πŸ˜‰

  9. ksbeth says:

    i completely understand this. i have been directionally waylaid a few times or more in my life. i always find where i wanted to be after seeing something new and wonderful. what a beautiful place to be –

  10. Well, thank goodness you got to where others would know where you were. And good thing you knew where you were. πŸ™‚

  11. Sounds a bit ominous to me…

  12. Mustang.Koji says:

    The gig’s up… We know it’s Halloween and you wanted Po to rescue you in his Ranger outfit!!! Or was it Tonto?

  13. Wow for some colors Colleen and I think that you enjoyed your trip anyway πŸ™‚

  14. reocochran says:

    This reminds me of the loops and loops around Highbanks, Colleen. I used to think if I kept going left I could get outta there! πŸ™‚ The blaze markings are intriguing, too. I like using a phone bur unless you also have a compass, it is hard to describe “Where are you?” Smiles, Robin

    • I didn’t have service where I was Robin, and as ridiculous as it sounds, I really knew “where” I was. I had just not received the information on how to get ‘out’ of where I was. πŸ˜‰ Next time, I will make sure I go in with knowing more!

  15. jmgoyder says:

    I really love this – you have such a talent for compressing the big thing of life into the simplicity of the moment (or something like that!)

  16. markbialczak says:

    Who knew the woods would be full of orange blaze, MBC? It’s a beautiful place to lose yourself in, that’s for certain! I know you always have your wits about you, that’s for sure. Right?!

  17. Debra says:

    I love this! I could read this both literally and as a very beautiful allegory for just getting through life! If I were to get lost, I would want it to be somewhere as beautiful as your gorgeous orange blaze!

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