Today, for the first time in the three years I’ve lived here, I entered the canyon that backs up my property. I’ve tried a couple of other times but always turned back. There are no trails, even animal that I’ve yet found. The juniper, oak and pinon are quite thick at the top of the canyon, so it’s not easily passable. But I think it’s the sense of wildness of the place that has stopped me before. Somehow, though, my tenure on this land has helped me to know it a little bit more and that familiarity gave me the extra confidence I’ve been needing.
I am so, so happy to have finally ventured forth because, just a few steps from my back door awaits a fairyland. It is magical, indeed. Time stood still. I was lost, as a child, in the diversity of rock–simply magnificent! And the descent is so great that the climate zone changed enough to offer different vegetation on the forest floor. Suddenly there were cacti and narrow bladed yucca. Down, down, down Kelee and I went (Finn stayed up higher awaiting our return), until we ended up at a small creek, fragrant and cool.
I thought of you all as I explored my new wonderland and took pictures to share with you. This is just one small piece of a very long canyon, so the adventures have just begun. I am eager to go back tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. It’s like I’ve been given a free pass to all the rides at the fair and I can’t wait to try them all. You know you’ll be going with me!
Love to you all,