A light-weight rain patters the skin of the cabin. Grateful for the moisture, as I’m residing and dealing deep within the desert for the following few months. The birds often twitter exterior, however principally the precipitation is the one sound for a lot of miles.
In a world the place deserts devour, the rain is rarely a foul factor. In a few months, will probably be getting heat, and I’ll yearn for the cool, moist days. I have a look at the hills that line the valley, a dusting of snow exhibiting on their tops. I’m wondering what the elk are doing nestled within the shadows of the pine timber. Do they sleep on stormy days, or do they transfer to maintain heat?
I jog out and again on the highway, wherever else could be too muddy to run. The cows trot off as I get close to, however cease as they understand I’m not chasing them, however simply one other animal passing by. A hawk swoops alongside the highest of the sagebrush, searching one thing out of sight. I see it later perched within the skeleton of a juniper, having apparently snagged itself a snack.
My work routine is fairly easy out right here, and I really feel very grateful for the chance to expertise my very own model of “Desert Solitaire: A Season within the Wilderness,” not so in contrast to Edward Abbey.
I wake early, having to pee earlier than I may even make my espresso. I step out of my cabin and gasp. Moderately than the cloudy skies of late, it’s crystal clear and the total moon hangs suspended magically over the valley. It’s nearly as if it’s going to set down proper in entrance of me. My shadow is solid lengthy within the amazingly vivid mild. An owl hoots softly on the hillside.
There might be a time not up to now sooner or later when this space is simply too sizzling and too dry to be in. When you’ll be able to solely hike for so long as the quantity of water you’ll be able to carry in your again. We exist in a fragile steadiness, one that may solely be seen in some methods if you strip away the peripheral obligations of society. Meals, water, and shelter are nonetheless the requirements of life.
The solar is out, and it feels heat and welcoming after the rain. The animals are extra full of life too, having tucked themselves previously few days. I head out my door, tenting for a pair nights beneath the starry sky, subsequent to some potholes plum stuffed with water.
For now, I get pleasure from this house and this freedom to roam. It’s by no means assured to any of us at any second and when you’ve it it’s important to savor it — it received’t final ceaselessly. To be sincere, there’s nowhere else I’d relatively be.
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