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This is the fourth 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 our time spent outdoors, it’s only natural that we 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 we shot photos of the clouds and each other 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 my 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 their canine pal, Dingo. Here they are, hanging out with Larry on the new futon, the evening before we left to head for home.
And so it was that I said goodbye to the desert after taking one long last 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.