Lessons from the Canyon

@font-face {
font-family: “Cambria”;
}@font-face {
font-family: “Georgia”;
}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }

Things I’ve learned about the canyon:
The sun goes down in the morning and comes up at night. This saying is from Ben Boswell, who explained to me that you see the sun coming down the canyon walls in the morning when you’re waiting for it to warm you, then you see the sun going up the canyon walls a night as it leaves you cold at the end of the day.
There are all kinds of ways to tell people you don’t want them around. Here’s one of them:
Footbridges at night can look like UFO’s. So can the way headlights shine off of barbed wire, moon glow across the high benches of the canyon, or the way a distant car’s headlights dart and bounce across the slick basalt columns.
Lots of people were here before you, so watch your blind spots and mind your manners. In other words, it’s best to listen, look closely, and remember, and move slow enough to prepare for whatever’s coming around the next bend.
No matter how you look at it, most things that move can be slaughtered. For example, cows—no matter how shit-smeared, occasionally cute, or full of milk they are. For another example, rattlers—as evidenced by the 2010 tally of pistol-shot rattlesnakes kept at the Imnaha Tavern.
  • Mary

    I'm going to write "Things I Learned from Four Women" pretty soon about my week. Thx for all the encouragement and advice. See you in the catacombs.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.