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Reflections on Dwelling, Working, and Working within the Grand Canyon – iRunFar


A lightweight rain patters the skin of the cabin. Grateful for the moisture, as I’m residing and dealing deep within the desert for the following few months. The birds sometimes twitter outdoors, however largely the precipitation is the one sound for a lot of miles.

In a world the place deserts eat, the rain isn’t a foul factor. In a few months, it will likely be getting heat, and I’ll yearn for the cool, moist days. I take a look at the hills that line the valley, a dusting of snow exhibiting on their tops. I’m wondering what the elk are doing nestled within the shadows of the pine timber. Do they sleep on stormy days, or do they transfer to maintain heat?

I jog out and again on the highway, anyplace else can be too muddy to run. The cows trot off as I get close to, however cease as they notice I’m not chasing them, however simply one other animal passing by. A hawk swoops alongside the highest of the sagebrush, looking one thing out of sight. I see it later perched within the skeleton of a juniper, having apparently snagged itself a snack.

My work routine is fairly easy out right here, and I really feel very grateful for the chance to expertise my very own model of “Desert Solitaire: A Season within the Wilderness,” not so in contrast to Edward Abbey.

I wake early, having to pee earlier than I may even make my espresso. I step out of my cabin and gasp. Quite than the cloudy skies of late, it’s crystal clear and the total moon hangs suspended magically over the valley. It’s virtually as if it’s going to set down proper in entrance of me. My shadow is solid lengthy within the amazingly brilliant gentle. An owl hoots softly on the hillside.

There might be a time not up to now sooner or later when this space is simply too scorching and too dry to be in. When you may solely hike for so long as the quantity of water you may carry in your again. We exist in a fragile stability, one that may solely be seen in some methods if you strip away the peripheral obligations of society. Meals, water, and shelter are nonetheless the requirements of life.

The solar is out, and it feels heat and welcoming after the rain. The animals are extra full of life too, having tucked themselves up to now few days. I head out my door, tenting for a pair nights beneath the starry sky, subsequent to some potholes plum stuffed with water.

For now, I get pleasure from this area and this freedom to roam. It’s by no means assured to any of us at any second and when you will have it it’s a must to savor it — it gained’t final eternally. To be trustworthy, there’s nowhere else I’d moderately be.

Hannah Green - Grand Canyon - camp

Hannah Inexperienced’s campsite within the Grand Canyon of Arizona. Photograph: Hannah Inexperienced

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