I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Except that Christmas is months in the past and there won’t be any presents. But this is better than presents. This is an adventure! I’m about to venture into the depths of Jewel Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This tour is considered the most strenuous wild cave tour in the National Park system. And … Read More Underground Treasure
Morning…I awake to the rich fragrance of orange blossoms that wafts into my new bedroom on a gentle breeze. Not fully awake, I stumble outside and down to the river. A scrub jay squawks at me from the sycamore tree that stretches its branches out over the river. A phainopepla (a crested black bird with white stripes on the end of the wings … Read More Morning musings
Today I will arrive at my new home! I’m so excited that I have butterflies!!! Rocky senses the excitement as well. I notice an extra spring in his step. It takes a conscious effort to focus on being “where I am” I don’t want to be so focused on my destination that I mentally skip past this phase of my journey. I see the … Read More Day 8: Journey’s End…for now!
“Gotta find my keys.” That’s my first thought as I wake. I slept soundly last night after being lulled to sleep by a screeching child- a welcome change after lastnight’s adventure, but before tucking into my sleeping bag I realized the keys were missing. Keys in the ignition, freshly showered I look at my itinerary: Montezuma’s Castle, a place I visited my last trip … Read More Day 7: Nothing ventured Nothing gained
I’m up, but tired. I start my day interviewing my neighboring camp mates. No they didn’t hear anything last night. No they didn’t come down to check on me. But the creeper will not ruin my day or my trip. I set out to explore Collosal Cave Moubtain Park. I am to see a roadrunner. I see some sort of orange ringtail critter. A … Read More Day 6: A Short Day
My eyes fly open and I lay still, listening. Crunch. Crunch. The distinct sound of footsteps approach. A million thoughts race through my head…the gate’s locked. No one is camping near me. I am completely alone. The bathroom is in the other direction. The couple in their camper won’t hear me scream… The steps draw closer and Rocky growls. A light shines into my … Read More Day 5- addendum: the Creeper