The Road Goes Ever On–another desert hike   1 comment

The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with weary feet,

Until it joins some larger way,

Where many paths and errands meet

.And whither then? I cannot say.

J.R.R. Tolkien was a notable poet–probably a better poet than a storyteller.  When I actually read Lord of the Rings, I kind of wonder about some of the stuff in there–stuff that modern fantasy writers would not be allowed to get away with.  Still, Frodo’s story was the epic journey fantasy of the 20th century.  And I come back to it from time to time, thinking why should the hobbits have all the fun?  Does it not apply to me as well?

When I go walking in the desert, I see things like this . . .

Down from the door . . . it's not a door, but it's a start . . .

and on . . .

over the hills and far away

past chasms deep . . .

and passes high . . .

to unknown lands . . . (i.e. I never walked this area before)

past dark sentinels . . .

and guardian dwarves . . .

where jewels lie strewn like spilt milk . . .

past tentacled horrors . . .

and noble ancients . . .

through rocky pits . . .

skirting untamed wilderness . . .

and the wilderness was mostly empty except for a few explorers like myself.  Animals: I saw six dogs, two lizards, one hawk.  Still, I did see a hawk riding the morning thermals, and any day when you see a hawk is a good day.

bypassing the Cliffs of Insanity . . .

and just when I think I’ve finished my masterblog for the week, WordPress self-destructs on me and won’t let me finish.  Well, I can live with imperfections–I do all the time.  This next picture is supposed to penultimate, but looks like it is the last I will be able to add.  It should have said “until I reach some wider way” and then the last pic would say, “and whither then? I cannot say.”

May all your roads, unlike this photo essay, take you where you want to go, dear Reader!  And home again at last.

until it joins some wider way.

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Posted October 9, 2011 by atroll in Arizona Desert, Uncategorized

One response to “The Road Goes Ever On–another desert hike

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  1. Some new roads coming your way…and quite a few hawks so they days should be good…roll on and on

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