Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Corona Arch

Anyone who works from a home office can relate to the first part of our day yesterday. I've worked from a home office every since I sold our computer training business in 1996. It has it's drawbacks - I am known to complain about the fact that you never get away from your work - but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love home office. So, yesterday, I got up and grabbed my bathrobe, made the coffee and sat down at the computer. I am completely immersed, emails, database work, web development work, photos etc. Jim is setting up and testing various WiFi antennas and system settings. We're both making phone calls. The next thing I know, the clock says 3:30 pm and I'm still in my bathrobe! Here's where having your home office in a motorhome turns your life to magic! Odie needs a walk. So, I go to that website of 'Pet-Friendly' hiking trails in the Moab area and find the closest one that is less than 4 miles long. Within 15 minutes we were heading out on the 'Corona Arch' trail. It starts by going uphill on the banks of the Colorado river. The flowers are astounding. I've never seen so many cactus flowers. I find the combination of rock and flowers just fascinating. Strength and beauty, power and grace. As we climb up on top of the rocks, you see all the 'Arch Wannabees' as Jim says. Baby arches, arches in training. Big indentations on the canyon walls that will, someday ... some century ... some eon, become an arch. With 'Bowtie Arch' you see how the process works. Isn't this an amazing sight? And, Bowtie Arch is just an extra thrown in sight along the way to Corona Arch. Can you see the little blue dot below the arch? That's a person standing there. Sometimes it's hard to see the arch when the rock on the other side is the same color. So, here's another view. Here's Odie and me at the foot of the arch. Edward Abbey, in Desert Solitaire says it all so much better than I ever could:
A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature like the Arch has the curious ability to remind us - like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness - the out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men as sea and sky surround and sustain a ship. The shock of the real. For a little while we are again able to see, as the child sees, a world of marvels. For a few moments we discover that nothing can be taken for granted, for if this ring of stone is marvelous then all which shaped it is marvelous, and our journey here on earth, able to see and touch and hear in the midst of tangible and mysterious things-in-themselves, is the most strange and daring of all adventures.
Did I mention the flowers? At one place the trail became vertical and you had to hold onto a cable to pull yourself up on the footholds that had been carved in the rock. Another advantage of having a small dog. Jim carried him down this part.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do love reading about your adventures. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us wannabees.
We hiked the Corona Arch trail a couple of years ago. It is fantastic. Didn't get to see as many flowers as you. Looks like you hit it just right.
Keep up the great work.