WINTER 14        

[journey night] laying at the foot of Rainbow Bridge, that legendary span at the heart of Glen Canyon wilderness...that superlative monument of stone sacred to 5 native tribes...looking under the moonlight for all the world like a bridge between the worlds...
but the stench is abominable...a common cold, feeding into chronic sinusitis, is proving redoubtable foe ― and threatens to turn this otherwise blessed night into a real nightmare.

come to think of it: wasn’t it that same smell of disease earlier on today at the shore of Lake Powell, 2 sinuous miles downriver? Lake Powell, disrupting the flow of water and spirit all around it? a smell like any small polluted harbor of the Mediterranean Sea? imagine: several days of hiking in pristine desert wilderness to end up
in the middle of a canyon nowhereat a fake adobe plastic bathroom house on floating boating metal deck...a surreal experience, for sure! (Ask your local Park Ranger: no drugs needed at Lake Powell!)

But tonight? A prayer, an offering of surrender, and free association is made among air molecules...until that blessed moment of inspiration:
don’t breathe through your nose!..saves the night.
Rainbow Bridge: where native medicine holds a gentle strength...the power of Air, the power of Five, the power of no bindings and true freedom.
Free Rainbow Bridge! Free Glen Canyon! Free the Colorado River!

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