I love this planet!

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Jan 13, 2010

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Trail head parking lot

Flag of United States  , Utah
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm at the toadstools, camped at the TH (trailhead) on the side of the highway.  It's cold outside and I'm wishin' I had a propane heater.  Oh, my god, I love the silence!  My mind is too busy wondering to write...but, I saw some amazing scenery today just following my nose.  Again, in the space of 5 to 10 miles, the scenery changed so drastically.  Coming around a curve, the view of these rainbow striated hoodoos literally took my breath away, and very nearly brought me to tears.  It was so beautiful.  And, just before that, the deep chocolate browns and butter yellows of the bunch grass so striking and golden in contrast...time for long johns, hat and coats...not freezing, just starting to feel a chill.  It's easier to warm up when I'm not freezing cold.

That's better.  Roxi's cleaning and tending her feet.  I bet they get pretty dried out in this clay.  But, she doesn't seem to be favouring them.  I check them periodically for wear and tear, but, she seems to be doing okay.  I'm gonna take my sketch pad tomorrow ...see if I can get in the mode.   

I'm finally, ready for dinner.  It will help to warm us up...(using the stove...), and eating it, of course ;0)

I was staring at the stars tonight before slipping under all my covers... the stars, a twinkling mass of strobing lights, and the planes streaking here, there and everywhere over head are so surreal.  I saw a few falling stars, and finally thought of a wish...shhh, can't tell.  

I've heard it said that when people feel the immensity of the world around them, it's raw beauty, power and rage, they feel inconsequential.  I don't get that at all.  I feel so alive, and so connected to it all.  How can you feel inconsequential when connected to such a living and breathing entity?  I feel HUGE!  Not self-important.  Just a part of it all, and it fills all the holes up inside.  I feel warm and alive with hope and joy.  That's how my night of roughing it by the highway has inspired me tonight.  I just love this planet! 
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