Travelling to North Rim

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Travelling with the storm perched over the canyon we head to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon both going there the storm moving faster along the rim while we drive over the plateau happy to be dry in these moments arriving at the campground everything is wet but the storm has passed the sky clears revealing the colors of layers of chiseled rock lit by the setting sun

Two years later I travel that same road there is no storm but snow is on the ground where the Cat Fire burned last summer we watched it burning from deep in the canyon hotshot fire fighters called in helicopters fly in and out delivering their load plumes of smoke rise over the Kaibab Forest we float safe on the water of the Colorado River and smell the air from 8,200 feet above now the snow covered ground hides the char of the Cat Fire black surrounds the base of these ponderosa pines others are burned completely pinyon junipers pine needles scrub brush 4500 acres burnt from a lightning strike

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Travelling to North Rim

On Navajo Bridge

Two California Condor on the ledge

young ones with faces to the cliff

it was a cold night

after warming up they will fly

if you hear the wings pound

watch them soar

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Saw these condor when walking the Navajo Bridge

On Navajo Bridge

Free Flow

From where I am a river is flowing below Lake Powell dammed up by Glen Canyon Dam

Here the river now runs freely the entrance to Marble Canyon thick walls of Kaibab Formation chiseled by wind water and time

Sound of

white cap cascades

river rock boulders make

rapids and new path

need to scout

best way

to go

Find

a course

rough cut edge

on the left

go right

pitch

Turn

currents

strong pull

away from hole

too deep

avoid

Make it this time into calmer waters free floating gentle moving giant the Colorado River

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dVerse prompt on cascade – camping above Paria Riffle Grand Canyon NP

Free Flow

More Than

Less than a week of being off the water of the mighty Colorado River, my body is still rocking. Some call it disembarkment syndrome when your mind is sensing movement that is no longer there.

My mind returns to the shore of the Grand Canyon, Poncho’s Kitchen, thick sand, rock ledges where the silent scorpion was ready to pounce on a moth that night. How it glowed white under Danny’s UV light and we watched it move in its own darkness.

what we cannot see
hidden in summer shadow
more than time and space

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dVerse prompt on sounds of summer – most scorpions make no sound – saw my first one while camping on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

More Than

Canyon Blues

fix my knee
count to three

stiff neck
what a wreck

climbing high
to the sky

Grand Canyon
find companion

feeling ill
take a pill

lay in chair
get some air

a new feelin’
done with reelin’

eat a cracker
I’m no slacker

find a look out
got no doubt

I can do it
nothing to it

comin’ round
don’t look down

feelin’ better
take off my sweater

no more chills
just Canyon thrills

on to Zion
more heights tryin’

Canyon Blues