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Local man paints verbal portraits of wilderness


Contributed by Skip Johnson

Johnson on the trail near Mt. Adams.

Skip Johnson graduated high school in Goldendale in 1986. He joined the Marines about a year later and was stationed in Camp Lejeune. As an infantryman in a weapons platoon, he was deployed in the Mediterranean Sea twice and visited all the countries surrounding it and some countries in Europe as well. After four years of service he received his honorable discharge and came home. For the next five years he worked on commercial fishing boats in Alaska. Most recently he is drawing notice for his poetic descriptions of his hiking sojourns. Following is one such narrative of his time on Mt. Adams around the time of the fire.

The Indians call this great mountain Pahto or Klickitat. Legend has...

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