Wednesday, November 20, 2013
MYSTERY DOWN A DEAD END ROAD
SEDONA, AZ AREA---JUST DRIVING AROUND IN THE BACK COUNTRY.
It's one lane and goes steeply down into a canyon.
With a lovely view
quickly turns to dirt.
Runs along the edge of a sizable creek---great fall colors.
On and On for some miles---to its end---AND THEN---AND THEN---THIS APPEARED.
It's abandoned---nary a soul around. I'm a little hesitant to investigate---Laurie gives me a one sentence lecture: "Life is too short not to be bold!" So we investigate.
She sees evidence that the dwellers here left suddenly.
This is what she saw: a buttered knife suddenly put down---long ago. Dead plants.
And a seemingly decent car---unmoved in years.
It's owner---a Vampire admirer.
We climbed the spiral staircase to the upper deck----were surprised to find that a coyote had been here--and marked his territory on the top step.
Laurie surveys the scene---notices that rope.
And with no hesitation---does this.
Clear to the top and looks in.
And saw this---a brilliant solution to the need for light in the dome. Each room has natural light and ventilation.
From the top I look across at million dollar homes---wondering how they access them.
A sizable creek runs down the canyon.
Laurie descending---quite athletic.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: Bold people sometimes need to drag us along into adventure as Laurie dragged me this day. What a splendid mystery is this giant dome. Housing for many---beautifully engineered. Clearly an "enterprise of great pith and moment---gone awry". My mind flashed on the famous mystery of the Mary Celeste--an intact ship found floating off Spain with no one aboard. Evidence here suggested a sudden departure during breakfast. Perhaps a reader knows what happened here? Perhaps I will inquire further.