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

Desert Camp

outside of Tuscan we set up camp

drove the stakes in hard

before a panoramic hardcore sunset

that went unphotographed

 

in the cold night

a hemisphere revealed her lights

I studied constellations

as wisps of clouds formed

 

I woke to distant thunder

no rainfly on the tent

one drop of rain

forced me out

 

the storm couldn’t wait

horizontal lightning flashed

across the sands and cactus

tent fly sparked at my fingertips

 

finally save and dry under a pounding rain

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NaPoWriMo Day 5 nature experience

“a wild night”  Mary Oliver

Desert Camp