New blog post! “After the Goldrush” part 1. The Tioga trail is nestled a couple miles westward of the Continental Divide. It was height of summer & of temperate beauty. Tourists & amateur hikers flock to the best morning trails. The mosquito swarms had followed suit. Being alone in nature is the truest of all holy rituals. I wanted to hike unencumbered, spirited away from everyone, pairs of probing human eyes. (Full post joshovaswitness.com)
The solo wanderer's mantle is one I needed to carry that day. One that has followed me since. How is it in the subtle pursuits of adjacent tasks, we often get exactly what we asked for?
I felt free, calm, inspired. I took my Canon & leapt in ecstasy. Snapping frames of blue dream & mountain haze- a photo to the cover of my first book. I meditated, soaking in a sunlit gratitude, enjoying the call of Jays. Bees breezing beside my yogic form.
And as we often do in states of bliss, I felt the time was NOW to move forward. True to nature I chose the complicated hike that found me lost and turned every which way round. Stuck for hours somewhere in a long loop of the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Colorado keeps calling me back, an unintended disciple. The lessons becoming easier as I let myself be broken by each teaching.
Cell service had not worked for days. The trail map made no sense. Summer rain began falling & the sky grew darker. 2 hours of daylight left. I sought refuge within a canopy of Pine & Aspen trees.
Aspens are connected by an underground root system and they are able to communicate via this bio-psychic link. “Aspens, god, Steve Jobs- can you please lead me out of here?” It’s funny the ones we cry out to when we need saving.
There may be no atheists in the foxholes, but I’ve come to believe that everything is connected. A pantheist in panic, is either delusional or onto something. I’m still out to find that answer. .
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