winter in arizona – 3   3 comments

Posted at 9:48 am in Arizona

This is the third and final post about last winter’s sojourn in the desert. Sometime very soon, I’ll put up some posts about summer here in Nova Scotia.

As mentioned in previous posts, the sky really is half your world out on the desert – actually it seems like more than half. With most of my time spent outdoors, it’s only natural that I would be paying a lot of attention to what was going on in every direction. Some of the skies were just mind blowing. The one in the above photo and the next two, was absolutely crazy. Surreal – like something out of a Salvador Dali painting.

A couple of friends came over to visit that evening. I had cooked up several indian dishes and we were chowing down before playing some music. All of a sudden, the whole landscape became drenched with that warm pink glow that often happens around sunset. We got up from our chairs and wandered out to the west side of the cabin to watch the crazy sky show that was taking place over the Mule Mountains. I got out the camera and shot photos of the clouds and my friends as we celebrated the spectacular scene. Truly a memorable evening for the food, company, music and incredible sky.

I’m sometimes asked what it’s like to live in a small space. It’s a fair question, but it’s good to keep in mind that I’m biased. I’ve never cared about having a lot of indoor space. My world has always been outside. Indoors is just a place to go and sleep, cook, and maybe hang out and make art or music if it’s not nice enough to be outdoors.

Anyhow, the main thing to be said about living small is that you learn not to waste space on things you don’t really need. For me, that’s not too hard. Food, musical instruments, art supplies, a bed, some clothes and books are the essentials. Most of the necessities fit into a scene such as the above. Anytime the place starts to feel too small, it’s time to go for a walk.

Well, that was pretty much my winter. Almost countless wonderful sunrises, sunsets and cloudscapes. A lot of playing music with friends. Long walks in the desert with the dogs. Good meals cooked in the outdoor kitchen using very fresh vegetables. Sage and Shelby had a great time exploring the desert with me.

And so it was that I said goodbye to the desert after taking one last long look back at the cabin. I reset the trip odometer and rolled on eastward. It would be about 8 days and 4,000 miles before I would see home.

Written by Administrator on July 14th, 2015

3 Responses to 'winter in arizona – 3'

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  1. I think I could live in a very small space too, especially with the wide-open sky and desert all around. It would be much harder to to do that, if I were in the woods. I think I do have a bit of the nomadic spirit in me, but I am also a homebody. Your travels provide me with some of the views I long for, and I thank you for that. I think having two homes is a wonderful balance for life.

    robin andrea

    14 Jul 15 at 12:30 pm

  2. Such a contrast between Bisbee and Round Hill. Both splendid places. 4000 miles makes all the difference in the world.

    Love that desert sky, especially those sunset photos!

    There were some crepuscular rays on the Mule Mountains webcam this afternoon.

    I thoroughly enjoy living in small spaces when I am traveling, and my living space at home is relatively small, too. It keeps things simple. Always coming home.

    Looking forward to seeing how things are looking at Round Hill. Glad you are blogging again.


    14 Jul 15 at 10:53 pm

  3. Thanks, am! Yes, so far between these two places – not just in distance, but in time, and in some internal way – they are both near and far. I’m hoping to get a Round Hill post together over the next few days!


    15 Jul 15 at 11:18 am

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