Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Side of the Mountain

Mount Sheridan as seen from west of Meers, OK

This is the view this morning from the little cabin I am renting (for the second time) outside of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.  This octagonal-shaped cabin is a magical place - a balmy breeze wraps around it constantly and seems to speak in the hushed voices of the ancients.  Across the street, about 200 yards away, there is not a leaf moving and the temperature is a good fifteen degrees warmer.  In the middle of July in western Oklahoma I sleep here, buried under blankets, with one window open and the air conditioner turned off - a delightful surprise for certain - but uncanny and unheard of.  

This peak and this place call to me much like Pedernal near Ghost Ranch did for the thirteen years I lived in Santa Fe.  It seems like wherever you go - there you are.  But with one big difference - this is right in my backyard - and this is home.

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