Another haiku set! I do find it hard to ink with a brush. I use brush pens for illustration work now, but I’m not very good at it. Sorry, Mell. The gerbils in the cherry branch turned out nicely, though.
Last Sunday I posted a photo of James Rice’s gerbil, Speedy, on a spelunking expedition. James immediately responded with another photo from a more recent trip:
That’s Speedy and I just about to enter the stainless steel pipe that leads to the air-lock that separates Lechugilla cave from the surface. Speedy and I, (and six others) had been in Lechugilla cave for more than seven straight days at that point, surveying and exploring, and correcting errors on the map. It’s hard to imagine a more isolated group of people than we were, sitting under about 600′ feet of rock, with no communication links to the surface of the earth.
Speedy was happy that he got to ride in a pack during the 180-foot assent up a free-hanging rope that is one of the many obstacles to exit the cave. Speedy was downright ecstatic that he didn’t have to follow the “pack-it-out” restroom policy that the humans had to.
Thanks as always, guys!