Me and JC and Harold went to Bryce Canyon maybe three days into the trip. This was a high point for me as I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon or, for that matter, any other canyon-themed tourist attraction before. Plus, we went on a day when it was 95 degrees in Monroe though only 75 with very strong winds at the canyon. Had we waited another day there would have been a snowstorm at Bryce. So we felt smart. We stopped off at one of the first trails we could find to go out and hike around. I think it was Rainbow Point. (This figures in later because me and JC left beads somewhere aolng the upper rim trail in that area. I guess it’s probably illegal to leave anything in the canyon so, sorry, earth. Hopefully someone will be by to pick those up.)
So while you’re hiking and wheezing along the rim at about 8900ft (there was snow there!) you can look down on stuff like this. It’s all very spectacular and neat-o. Somewhere along the line, pretty early in the game, I became aware that being right at the edge of the unfenced scenic overlooks was starting to freak me out a little. But the trails were made for big, dumb uncoordinated tourists like myself so, what was I worrying about? So I’m still wandering down the path but the whole height thing is starting to make me feel a little (a lot) panicky. And that’s nuts because I’m not afraid of heights. So right about now I’m thinking seroiusly “All I have to do is stay away from the edge of the trail. Edges are what are freaking me out. Just stay away from edges and stick to the trees and don’t look down at shit.” Right at this point it was time to walk across this ridge which is, like, a hill with nothing on either side but openness and slopes that go way, way, way down. The flat, path part across the top of it is about two to sometimes four feet wide, like a sidewalk in parts. But no trees or anything on either side. Were you to actually fall down or get blown over, most likely you’d slide about ten feet, perhaps leaving a trail of urine in your wake, before stopping. I have a picture of the ridge from far away. I took it after we hiked maybe two miles down:
Most of the path wound down into the trees and stuff. There was just that one section that was out in the open. It probably wasn’t even all that scary a thing to walk on but people, had I not been suffering from traveler’s constipation I would have crapped my pants walking across that thing. The wind is super strong when you’re out in the open like that. I could not believe what an intense experience that was for me and my new found fear of heights or canyons or ridges or wind or whatever the hell I had ailing me was. And the thing was, I had to walk over it again on the way back. So that was nightmarish to think about. Hanging onto JC’s back pack flap on the way back across made me feel a little better. Panic attacks really mix things up for you. I don’t think Ive ever had one that involved the fear of something real like heights. At least I know how to avoid that.
So that’s my canyon story! Later, I’ll let you know where we hid our beads in case you want to venture across the scary ridge and find them.
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I had a dream that Tara Reid killed my pet hedgehog, Cracker. This is not the first dream I’ve had about celeberties hurting my animals. Julia Roberts or someone broke the tail off my late iguana, Iggy, in another dream. Anyway, that was weird. Thought I’d share.
-Get a refill for thyroid meds that ran out in Utah
-Get torch up and running
-Get cord for camera back (left in Utah)
With the exception of the camera cord I’ve completed all of these tasks but only with an unusually high, nay, an almost unbelievable level of difficulty. I mean, it’s Wednesday evening and all I’ve gotten done this week are those three things which don’t usually take days to do. What the hell is going on???? To escape whatever weird energy sucking zone I’m in I’m taking tomorrow off and going over to Erika’s so we can work on a collaborative sculpture to donate to The Eugene Glass School’s art auction. (Erika’s going to weld up some junk I found in a field in Utah into some kind of a bead stand.) Hopefully by Friday I’ll be up and working and taking pictures and everything will be back to normal.
Hey! I’m back from Utah. I got a ton of beads made and I hiked and I soaked and I watched weird Utah television and made lawn decorations out of tumbleweeds. I didn’t see any UFO’s or snakes but I did find a big bone and some neat-o scrap metal. I hung out with JC and Harold Cooney and Mystic Mike (guy who owns the hot springs–he sells on Ebay too) and I met a lot of friendly dogs and friendly tourists. A very busy, very very fun week, I tell you what.
So today I’ve got to empty my camera and get some of my beads up on Etsy. Today is also Erika’s birthday so it’s possible that I won’t get any of that done until tommorrow. Either way I’m too busy to blog right now but I’ve got a lot of pictures and a lot of stuff written that I’ll be putting up shortly. In the meantime, enjoy the sign that was posted by the hot spring tubs. Some of those rules are enforced more than others.
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Here is the first thing I bought from an Etsy store. Don’t you wish it was yours? Ha! Mine mine mine! I’ve been carrying my carrot around ever since it arrived the other day. It is my new sculpey friend. Carrot tagged along with Erika, Missy and myself last evening for Gallery Night. I wanted to take pictures of it at various venues but we only stopped at one place, Absolutely Art. Absolutely Art is a brick and mortar version of Etsy. (Erika had to drop off some work there. Also, they seemed to have the most wine.) Photo opportunities weren’t jumping out at me last night though I did get a picture of Carrot with Copper Jesus at home.
Jesus is wearing a button from the Creation Museum. He loves all the vegetables.
Carrot, by the way, came from an Etsy store called Tiny Terror Designs. The gal who runs TTD, Lisa, is quite a hoot. She has school, children and a job so sculpey creature making is kind of a side thing where there is little time for a side thing. What she has in stock is definitely worth looking at and buying. I’m trying to goad her into making jewelry out of these guys because I know I’m going to leave carrot behind somewhere if it’s not attached to my body. You won’t want to know me if something happens to Carrot.
I think we’re supposed to leave gifts by the sign.