Līgo Haibun Challenge – Word Prompt the prompt words for this week:
Treasure OR Despair.
Journey into Despair
Julius drove up the Al-Can highway not far from Anchorage. He’d passed Eagle river more or less an hour before and was driving towards the Canadian border to the north. He’d enjoyed his, and now wanted to culminate his adventure walking through some of the endless virgin forests he’d flown over during a plane tour of southern Alaska.
He’d been warned that one could easily become disorientated, there are no specific landmarks once inside the forest and compasses are useless. However, he felt quite confident that if he had any problems all he’d have to do was make a phone call for help.
He parked his car and walked confidently into the forest, with his backpack full of provisions and his mobile phone holstered onto his belt.
The State Troopers found his abandoned auto that evening. A search party was formed and a police helicopter started to fly over the area to look for the car owner at dawn.
Julius was never found. There are no repeaters in that area, his phone was useless.
travelling strange paths
among faceless trees
desperately lost in illusion
n.b. This is a bit of fiction but when I was growing up in Alaska, every so often someone would decide to go hunting or walking in the forests and never be found again. However, I’ve not been back to Alaska in over 40 years; this story is a metaphor.