I’m know I’m not the only one navigating an endless maze of emotions lately. I’ll wake up happy to be healthy and alive only to be teary-eyed later in the day for no apparent reason. But of course there are many reasons. But there are also reasons to be hopeful.
Being out on the land centers me and reminds me that we are just a small part of what makes up this beautiful world that we live in. No matter what is happening on the human stage, desert flowers are blooming in all their glory and antelope will give birth to their twin fawns in a few weeks. All this life is happening whether we are there to bear witness or not.
My forays into these vast open spaces are a pilgrimage of sorts. I return home with my heart and soul overflowing and dreaming of the next time.
The sandy draws were a lot of fun to ride. I don’t have much stuff as this was my one night test run.
The road heading east towards the Honeycomb Buttes Wilderness Study Area in the Northern Red Desert. I didn’t use an app for navigating or take a paper map. I had a general map in my head and then explored whatever struck my fancy.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. ~ Willa Cather
Arches, caves, bluebird nests hidden in the sagebrush, snow-fed springs, elk and antelope, and unexpected desert wild flowers.
Wild horses and Continental Peak in background.
Following the Point of Rocks-South Pass Stagecoach Route.
My next post will be a gear review when I know more what I’m doing. But I was pretty happy with the Big Agnes Copper Spur 2-person tent. My favorite part is that the color blends in with the landscape.
Dinner. I grabbed what I had at home that wasn’t expired and also made home-made energy treats.
Sunset over Oregon Buttes.
I’m endlessly fascinated by textures of the desert.
What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote. ~ Edward Abbey
Another band of wild horses.
I followed 2-track dirt roads and a few game trails. Running the fat tires tubeless was key for all the cactus I ran over and the sandy draws.
…Life nowhere appears so brave, so bright, so full of oracle and miracle as in the desert. ~Edward Abbey
Every spring, phlox makes me happy.
Antelope were constant companions.
You could spend the better part of a lifetime exploring the Red Desert of Wyoming. There are treasures to be found up every canyon.
When you look closely….
We come and go, but the land will always be here. Those people who love and understand it are the only ones who really own it, for a while. ~ Willa Cather
My bike is happy.
I was sitting quietly taking in the view when an elk came across my path. I wondered if it was the same one I saw on top of the Oregon Buttes the other night.
Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet. ~ Willa Cather
This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. ~ Edward Abbey
I hope you like my map. Happy Trails!
For more information, see Citizens for the Red Desert.