44 miles of gravel road in the Kaibab National Forest removed me from civilization. The last 10 miles along FR201 are a brutal drive over a rocky road that appears not to have seen a grader for a while. It took me 1.5 hours avoiding the potential tire punching pointy rocks and crawling over slickrock boulders. But the reward at the end was entirely worth it.
From high plateau pines and meadows a drop of 2500 feet (762 meters) in elevation brought me through the Juniper and Pinyon to a low elevation of heat and seeking shade amongst the sparse desert environment.
I went alone to be with my cluttered brain thinking about the future, or at least what I plan to do at the end of this summer season. Yet what I discovered was just to be in the NOW of this most amazing place.
It took a while to settle in to this absolute silence surrounded by a canyon so vast. I felt disoriented to my place here. What is the name of that point, drainage and temple? Hey, I’m into geography.
I was HERE, NOW, and that’s all I needed to be.