|The Continental Divide Trail in Colorado|
(all photos by the author unless noted)
In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world-the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.
|Navajos in Inter-Tribal Parade, Gallup, NM|
Photos are from an early August backpacking trip in Colorado's Weminuche wilderness, east of Durango, and visits to Gallup, N.M. and the Navajo reservation (AZ and NM).
|Inventory--The Glorious Beginning|
of a Backpacking Trip. Cumbres Pass, N.M.-
(the site where an 1848 "encounter" occurred
between Ute/Apaches and the U.S.
military--37 Indians died and 2 soldiers)
|The Window and Rio Grande Pyramid|
|The Needle Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness|
|The Rio Grande Pyramid (elevation 13,827 ft.)|
|Rio Grande Pyramid in winter|
|Hoary Marmots in the Weminuche Wilderness|
Spruce beetle damage in the Weminuche wilderness. The majority of trees I saw were dead. Global warming has exacerbated the damage from these cyclical infestations.
|Shiprock, NM on the Navajo Reservation|
(notice six-sided traditional hogan in foreground)
Years ago I saw a wonderful documentary "Rocks With Wings" about the Shiprock Chieftans girls basketball team and their African-American coach, Jerry Richardson.
Richardson led the team to several state championships in the 1990s and later died in an auto accident after taking a college coaching job in Florida. An annual tournament is now held in his name in Shiprock.
Part of the "Rocks With Wings" can be seen on youtube (see link at end).
My friend Austin Sam outside the Querino Trading Post near his home in Burntwater on the Navajo Reservation. Austin was a friend of the late Tony Hillerman who wrote many novels set on the Navajo Reservation. Austin has been a prolific writer himself keeping a lifelong journal about his experiences growing up on the reservation, his time in the military, etc.
Link at end to see interview with
|Navajo Hoop Dancers|
|Zuni women in the parade|
― Winona LaDuke
|Chickasaw Dancers from Oklahoma|
|An improvised fair ride at the Gallup flea market.|
|Compassion in Nature?|
A Remarkable Pair of Saguaros In West Tucson.
Rocks With Wings website
LINK TO SEE INTERVIEW WITH AUSTIN SAM ON NAVAJO NATION