Sunday, April 19, 2015
TRYING OUT A BIT OF SOLITUDE
I THINK I'M READY---HAVE BEEN HIGHLY SOCIAL FOR SOME WEEKS--- NOW I WILL GO DOWN THE HILL FROM PAYSON TILL THE TEMPERATURE FEELS RIGHT AND SETTLE IN SOMEWHERE. A companion will accompany me for a day or so---then must go meet her family. I will be left alone with my chattering mind.
Beeline highway--Az 87--is one of the great highways in America. 4 lane expressway through beautiful mountains---with many opportunities to stop, sightsee or boondock camp.
Our first effort to find a campsite came to an unexpected halt--the road to Sunshine is blocked with a huge pile of dirt--for no obvious reason.
Beyond the dirt--a perfectly good road continues. We are not discouraged--there are many more opportunities.
We pick this side road near mm217--go out a mile or so and settle into a relatively flat pull off. Can you see us?--(middle slightly right)
Here's a closer shot. This is a 5 star boondocking spot. 1.scenic 2. free 3. flat enough 4.quiet 5 has cell service.
The view out my door.
We walk the area left and right---up and down.
She doesn't allow picts of her---so here I am---rockhugger...
And stalk holder of a century plant. Fascinating plant---with a lifespan of 10 to 30 years--during which it quietly stores up energy for a grand finale. When conditions are right, it spends all the energy it has saved in one glorious blooming stalk raising---sometimes 30 feet or more--then dies. The stalk grows very rapidly. I fancied that I could feel it growing in my hand. Read about it here.
And then---I'm all alone--fully stocked with essentials---nothing particularly nagging at me to be done. It felt glorious---unstructured time to fill anyway I choose. Started reading a novel.
Went for a walk---saw this near my rig---always a sobering discovery. Can you see what it is? It's the track of a large rattlesnake crossing the road. I wondered if you could tell which way it was moving from this pattern. I'm guessing a good snake man would know.
Poppies---my favorite flower--(mainly because that is my nickname). They are everywhere.
As are these magenta cactus flowers
Then--one of these--like a poppy anomaly.
And then one day a strange creative impulse seized me. I began to do some long delayed projects--like installing led mood lighting up front.
And replacing this worn out dry-erase board that will no longer erase. Guess I've cleaned it once too often with alcohol.
I've had this spare for 2 years---finally put it up---took all of 5 minutes. That's a picture of my mother.
(I reflected on a poem she had me memorize when I was a boy_
As I was walking down the street the other day
I heard a little urchin to his comrade turn and say:
Jimmy let me tell you--I'd be happy as a clam
If I could be the fellow that my mother thinks I am.
She thinks I'm a wonder--she just knows her little lad
could never mix with anything that was ugly, mean or bad.
And then I was on a roll. Here's a problem that has annoyed me perhaps 20 years: the thump thump of that vent in variable winds--taking, then releasing its slack. There must be a million rv vents thump thumping like mine. Suddenly I saw how to solve it. Took me 10 minutes to build two of these for my two vents. Can you see the solution? A chord attached to the thing and wedged inside..
I fashioned the wedge from plastic.
And that's not all---I managed to do a long delayed blog entry: (the previous one) It takes me about 3 hours to write an easy one. The hardest part--ironically is the title)
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: I WAS ALONE FOR 4 DAYS. THE LONGEST I'VE EVER BEEN ALONE IS 5 DAYS. I think I need to do more .
THE BIG LESSON IS THAT SOMETHING WOKE UP IN ME.
MY CREATIVITY WAS ACTIVATED.
I BORED MYSELF INTO ACTION.
PERHAPS WERNER ERHARD WAS RIGHT: CREATIVITY SPRINGS FROM NOTHINGNESS
As quickly as I was delighted with solitude---Just as quickly I was done with it. I was gone in 10 minutes flat. Drove to Mesa--slept in a field beside Mckellips rd.
Delacroix (famous Fr. artist): "in solitude ones inner voices become audible"
Kierkegaard: "there's great value in being idle in ones own company".
Bertrand Russell: "the rewards of fruitful monotony"
Philips: "productive solitude is essential to the healthy psyche"
(thanks Anita for the reference)