Arizona is filled with many vast expanses and amazing viewpoints. The landscape is diverse and varied, with cactus in the south and pine trees in the north. The land has seen equally disparate travelers, from the Indians that roamed the land hundreds of years ago, to the early European / American settlers who risk life and limb to trek across her rugged peaks and valleys.
Back 1000 years ago, tribes roamed this land having left abandoned ruins that leave only to our imagination life in another time. From A.D. 1050 – 1425 the Sinagua lived, foraged, and hunted this land from this ancestral Hopi pueblo, now known as Chavez Pass.
A large oval depression north of the pueblo is the remains of a prehistoric ball court. It also served as a trade center for a network that reached from the Hopi Mesas and Zuni Pueblo to the Pacific and Northern Mexico.
There is very little left of what once was. The overgrown thistle and foxtails outnumber the petroglyphs and stacked rock walls, or what’s left of them. Yet, the opportunity to wander through something so ancient and decaying into the land over time, allows us a glimpse of simpler times, when life really was rough.
Finally… instead of going out taking photos when our schedules allowed it… we decided to go out because there was weather in the forecast. Sometimes you have to make time for the things that are important to you.
Never was that more clear than this week! I have two friends in the hospital, and one recently out, all awaiting or have just undergone serious surgery. It’s very scary to see people you love facing such a difficult time. While in your heart, you know they will be ok, you can’t help but ache for their situation.
It’s made worse by their having to go through it alone (due to covid restrictions), without their significant other by their side to hold their hand and keep their mind off of the upcoming surgery.
While I know my friends will be better as a result of the surgeries, it really gives you pause. Enjoy life, every day! Do the things one enjoys. And don’t take life for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff. One never knows what the future brings for any of us.
To Doug, Pat, and Meg: Be safe, be well, and know that you are loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
As I look out across the ridge, I am awe stuck by the beauty around me. The skies opened up and cast this amazing glow as if to say, it’ll all be alright, life is beautiful and there is a lot more to see.