Last Monday (Sept. 20) I left from Salt Lake City, UT for the Raw Spirit Fest. I passed through Green River, UT known for their famous watermelons. Needless to say I spent a wad of $$$ on some grade A+ melons. Then spent two nights camping under a cliff outcropping in a red rock canyon (Moonflower Campground).
Moab is the desert in an epic sense. Feels very biblical there. That and every turn on a trail you expect to see Wiley Coyote chasing the Road Runner. Did some trail running in my Vibrams. Went on a full moon hike on the rim trail. A full moon in a red rock desert is a sight to experience.
On Wednesday I drove down through the Cortez, CO and visited the Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde. Then moved on to Pagosa Springs where I have a little 1 acre piece of land and camped there for the night. Thursday it rained all day so I decided to move on and check out the Canyon de Chelly ruins.
Visiting these ruins I get the sense that the Anasazi Native Americans had a Tibetan monk-like culture. Their hidden fortress like cities were built under sand stone outcroppings that would take an experienced climber to reach. I just finished up "Born to Run". A thought comes to mind from that book. To paraphrase: "The Tarahumara have a very black-and-white view of the life. There are those in the world who cause trouble, and there are those who run from it. The Tarahumara have built long distance running into their culture to crystallize this concept.
" It seems to me the Anasazi were running from something -- possibly the Mayan death culture happening in Central America about 1000-1500 years ago.
I stayed the night in some inconsequential desert town on I-40. Put in a short 2 mile run during an epic desert sunset. Woke up early for the sunrise and put in another good run. Left early and got to the Raw Spirit Fest around noon.
Part two coming soon...