Indian Creek & Our Damp Solitaire
27 Wed, 2011 § 10 Comments
Our new route to Indian Creek, Utah is one of my favorites. Monument Valley is stunning & diverse. Even though driving home & back to “reality” can be disheartening, I can think of worse views.
[photo by David Finch]
Clouds, often responsible for creating nice, filtered light & ominous skies for photos, plagued much of our camping trip.
Rainy days meant fewer climbing days, because wet rock should not be climbed, though many choose to ignore this common sense & decency law. The weather treated us to a lesson in Being & patience as we were left to fill more days than expected with “rest day” activities.
One morning we took advantage of National Park Week & the waived fees to trek into Canyonlands. We intended to hike to the confluence of the Colorado & Green Rivers. The longer-than-anticipated, already quick-paced hike was cut short when we turned & ran 3 – 4 miles back to our little, awaiting Eisley. I would definitely call this an advanced running trail & hope we actually make it to the confluence next time.
Another rainy afternoon, we retreated into the tent for card games. Much of our time was spent reading to each other though. We took turns reading chapters from Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, beautifully written & highly enlightening. I was tickled (yes, tickled) when Dave asked me to read aloud to him. The simple act of sharing a book felt fresh & intimate, especially because we were immersed in pages so fresh with passion & intimate with love for the desert.
Though the rain spoiled some of our “plans”, it offered us time to reflect inward, connect outward & recognize its precious presence in this beautiful desert.
Do you ever read aloud with others?