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Saturday, November 18, 2017

"The best things in life make you sweaty"

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous...and lead to the most amazing view."  Edward Abbey 

And, "may your mountains rise into and above the clouds." 

Minus Abbey's "clouds," it was a near perfect day on a near perfect trail. Except, there wasn't a trail...just a loose, sandy-slog wash. But it was rimmed with colorful petrified dunes that afforded ultimate traction, and a cobalt sky pierced by mountains.

So we wander—free, kindred spirits a la Abbey—on a quest for "crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, amazing views." Poe was oh so correct: “The best things in life make you sweaty.” 

Finally, after a "perfect day," we return to separate camps...ours, an olden, beat up, clunker Rv, beautifully ensconced under the glowing rim of Flying Monkey Mesa. 

He who has a why...can bear almost any how.” Nietzsche 

Peace out from the road to nowhere,
mark and bobbie

Oh, and we appreciate all your wonderful comments. Thanks for chiming in :).

Monkey Camp...


  1. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH Meandering is a wonderful way to live. Thanks for taking me along.

    1. Totally agree Barney, love being taken along for a beautiful hike by Mark and Bobbie.

  2. I'm overdue to ready Abbey again. Thanks for the post.

  3. Love just wandering this area and creating your own path. Thanks for my red rock fix:)

  4. Great photos! I can feel the sense of remoteness from being off trail and the freedom that goes with it. Blue skies and good hiking friends, can't beat that combination.

  5. Yes, it was a perfect day. Scrolling through those photos I can hear your voice in my head saying "trust your shoes" ;-)

  6. It looks fantastic - I'm jealous! It looks surreal there. I can't wait to explore more of the southwest!

  7. Freakin' breathtaking...wish I was there instead of in the big city.

  8. Wow! Love the desert even more now that we have landed in the dark soggy Pacific Northwest in this time of year.....Living in the RV though so we can move the house from time to time.

  9. Good thing Old Ed is resting under that big slab of rock in the desert cause if he heard the latest report from the climate scientists he would be on the war path, not too mention the Keystone Pipe Line spill before it has even been completed. Heaven forbid he should read "The End of Nature" by Bill McKibben.
    Appreciate your mentioning Old Ed Abbey from time to time Mark, least we forget what a dedicate defender of the environment he was.
    ......and another fun day under the sun, that header photo is a winner.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you & Bobbie


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