Sunday, September 23, 2007

Wild Places

A friend at work recently asked me why I like living where I do (as opposed to other communities in Northern Utah). I didn't have an immediate response that I was satisfied with. That kind of question, to me, takes some thought. So...Friday I had the day off, was kind of sick with a head cold, but couldn't miss out on a glorious, warm autumn day in the mountains. I got the dog leash and ever ecstatic Milo and drove to one of my favorite trailheads (under 10 minutes away). It happened to be undergoing some re-surfacing in the parking lot area so I couldn't park there. Kept going. 20 minutes from my home I parked and went for a walk with my dog to look at the fall leaves. It was then I knew one of the answers to my friend's question. Trail Access. There are many other great reasons I love where I live, i.e. community, schools, family, but this one is important to me also. Access to wild places, quiet places, is a vital nutrient to the diet of my soul. As my body ages in a few decades and wild places become more difficult to find and get to, I need to have the knowledge that at least they are still there. I can remember and imagine. My brain doesn't know the difference. So, for now I will store up and harvest moments and memories for later. See you on the trail.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Celebrating 20 years ~ September 18, 1987

Happy Anniversary, Honey. Babe. Stud Muffin. Lover Boy. Handsome. Here's to another 20 years! And another. And another...(If I knew how to type the infinity sign on the computer I would insert it right there). You are my world, my life and my Rock. I am my best self with you. I look forward to forever. Love,DB

And just a side note ~ I put on my wedding dress this morning and got it all the way zipped up! Yea!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Blooming Conversations

Mayflower - Mom, when will I start blooming (she says while in the bathroom doing hair)?
DB - I don't know sweetie. Everyone's different. Have any of the girls in your class started blooming?
M- Yea. A couple. But a lot in my grade!
DB - Wow. So they wear bras and stuff?
M- Yea (as she looks in the mirror and presses her shirt down).
DB- Anything goin' on there yet?
M - Maybe! I think so!
DB - Hmmmm (nodding encouragingly). We'll see!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I love a good book

Desertbound's Recommended Reading List

(in no particular order)

How could I forget! To Kill a Mockingbird must be on my list as well.

1. Peace Like a River ~ Leif Enger
A young boy deals with a chronic illness while exploring the possibility that his father performs miracles. A poetic, lyrical and beautifully told story.

2. The Long Walk ~ Slavomir Rawicz
A Polish army officer is imprisoned by the Russians and sent to Siberia. The incredible journey of him and his companions as they escape and make their way across the Gobi desert and the Himalayas to freedom.

3. Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte
An absolute classic. One of my favorite books of all time. Interesting perspective on values and morality.

4. Follow the River ~ James Alexander Thom
The gripping account based on actual events of a white woman’s escape from an Indian tribe and her treck back home. Not for the faint of heart.

5. A Vagabond for Beauty ~ W.L. Rusho
The mysterious true story of Everett Ruess, a young man that disappeared in the Escalante wilderness in the early ‘30’s.

6. Desert Solitaire~ Edward Abbey
A wilderness advocate's must read. Gritty, unapologetic look at government, civilization and the wonder and beauties of the desert southwest.

7. Endurance~ Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing
The harrowing account of the crew of the ship Endurance that was trapped in the Antarctic ice for over a year.

8. *Stargirl* ~ Jerry Spinelli
Every teenager or parent of a teenager should read this book! It explores all kinds of issues about individuality, self-image and what love really is all about. I hear there is a sequel out now...

9. Seabiscuit ~ Laura Hillenbrand
The true story of the horse racing legend. So well-written with painstaking attention to detail- enough to make you feel as if you are in the jockey's seat. Triumphant!

10. Crow Lake ~ Mary Lawson
This family's closet is full of skeletons at Crow Lake. Poetically written with an interesting perspective.

11. The Count of Monte Cristo ~ Alexander Dumois
Definitely not the movie. Is Revenge worth the price of your own Redemption?Classic story to be enjoyed over the summer or curled up with in front of the fire on a cold winter's night.

12. Proper Edge of the Sky - The High Plateau Country of Utah ~ Edward A. Geary
Anyone interested in Utah geography and geology will love this non-fiction book that is so beautifully written and researched.

13. Touching the Void ~ Joe Simpson
A harrowing true account of near death and ultimate self-rescue in the Peruvian Andes. Wow.

14. Between a Rock and a Hard Place ~ Aaron Rhalston
If you have the one above, you have to have this one, too.

15.Red - Passion and Patience in the Desert ~ Terry Tempest Williams
Wonderful book of essays about wilderness and the desert.

16. Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World ~ Lynn Hill
Autobiography of the first person, a WOMAN, to make a "free" ascent of the Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 1993. A free climb uses only hands and feet. No jummars, ladders or other equipment. Hill was allowed to rest at belay stations, and had a climbing partner to catch her when she fell, but she led all the way and managed to climb sections that had never before been completed without the aid of equipment. Hill returned to The Nose in 1994 and climbed it in less than one day. A free ascent of The Nose has not been accomplished by any other climber. After twenty-six years of climbing, Hill seriously considered the question, "What do we conquer in a mountain?" "Certainly, we do not 'conquer' anything by climbing to the top of a rock or peak," she wrote in Climbing Free. "For me, climbing is a form of exploration that inspires me to confront my own inner nature within nature. No matter where I am in the world or what summit I've attained, the greatest sense of fulfillment in my life is connected to people."

16.Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen
Another one of my all time favorites. I think Rock has read it more times than I have.

Right now I am enjoying the Twilight series.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Behunin Canyon ~ Zion

Wow- what an amazing adventure this canyon is. Thanks to my brother Tristano and his wife Nicoletta for doing so much reconnaissance at the peril of their health, warmth and calf/quad muscles. I'm utterly speechless and really don't know what to write. Over 4 miles up the West Rim, 9 rappels down to a breathtaking view of Emerald Pools and Zion Lodge and so many memories. Joe, this is definitely not our last canyon.
Tristano - Gosh, Nicoletta, get some skills!
Indy (to Desertbound while looking at a crack to down climb) - Oh dear, what should I do here, DB?
DB - You could squat.
Indy - That's right! I have squatting skills!

And just a side note - Nicoletta did a great job at expressing herself.