Badger Mountain

We cross paths daily, often more than that. I see you and I don’t even say hello. I take you for granted because I know you will always be there, even when I’m gone. You are patient with my struggle, and yet you push me onward.

Neither a mountain nor a badger. Your name makes no sense to me. But you are what you are, and I’m glad you’re here. You lift me up and give me perspective. When we’re together I feel capable of anything. My feet lead me onward, but you show me the way.

Farewell my stoic friend
Until my way seems lost again
Lay the path beneath my feet
And show me lights beneath your peak


Humbling the world beneath
Busy bodies on their busy streets
Cast a shadow on my doubt
And help me touch the clouds


Silence my fears and cries
Let the wind dry my eyes
Replacing my self-pity
With courage to face this city

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Doug Waltman

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  • Kriste Colley

    I grew up around here, and now I’ve lived in Kennewick for 2 1/2 years and I’ve STILL never climbed Badger! I need to make that happen immediately!

  • Doug Waltman

    I go up with friends pretty regularly. Usually every Sunday morning. It doesn’t take long to get to the top, but it feels great. If you want to get in on some group hikes, I’d suggest joining the Outdoor Adventures Meetup group here locally:

  • Just another sliver of an example of why I think Doug Waltman’s such a great human. Lovely.

  • Sara Quinn

    I want to come with you some day, I’m just worried I’ll slow you down!

  • Doug Waltman

    I don’t mind. Take Lila (spelling?) too. Sweet Pea loves it.

  • Doug Waltman

    Thanks, Keith. I don’t always think I hit that standard, but hearing it from friends does help me when I’m down.

  • Becca Lingley

    Badger Mountain is such a lovely experience. I’m still holding my breath for the spring flowers that on the Dallas Rd. side of the trail are just beautiful. Something about wildflowers in spring feel like new life and coming out of hibernation and possibilities. The only place I like the wildflowers more is Paradise at Rainier. I’m glad you’re a hiker friend. And a poetic friend.

  • melanie

    BTW this was great. You really are a gifted writer!