What are the chances of being on the edge of a wilderness and meeting a future hiking companion? That’s what happened last week when I went to hike in Snake Gulch but didn’t hike. If I had hiked I wouldn’t have met Bill and Sasha. In fact I thought that morning if I had someone to hike with I might have been more motivated to get out there. That’s serendipity.
You may remember last week when I didn’t hike into Snake Gulch and on the drive out met another truck coming in. After negotiating the vehicle pass on a narrow gravel road I continued to a rock art panel. That’s where Bill, driver of other truck, and I chatted along the road for four hours while his dog Sasha sniffed out every bush in sight.
Bill is a retired Kanabanite who worked for both the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for years on the Colorado Plateau. He and Sasha got together with an adoption from Best Friends in Kanab, Utah.
I think he talks as much as I do, if that’s possible. Yet what a delight to find someone who actually knows how to converse.
After several emails and a long phone conversation we made plans to visit White Pocket on the BLM Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on my next days off. This is a place I’ve dreamed of visiting for quite a while and although not that far from the North Rim, requires 4×4 to get through the deep sandy roads. And Bill has the right truck for the job.
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