I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Craig Childs lives with his wife and two sons in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado. He recently completed a descent of an uncharted river in Tibet: 180 miles of deep gorges, white water, and villagers aghast at his and his companions’ presence. He also enjoys long walks, the longest of which so far was 120 days in the Grand Canyon. His books include House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization across the American Southwest (Little, Brown and Company) and The Way Out: A True Story of Ruin and Survival (Back Bay Books).
I stared up, astonished. I thought, They are actually throwing rocks at me. The behavior is not unheard of. Ravens are known to defend their nests with such actions, but there was no nest here. This was the wrong time of year.