As I sat in camp eating a modest lunch I stared at a rock. So colorful and interesting. I grabbed another spoonful of almond butter. It was tasting quite yummy and really the only sweet substance I will have eaten for this trip.
Some people need more. Out of their food I mean. Me, I don’t think of food any more. I have my animal fats, meat, and nuts when I think of it, usually every 8 to 12 hours. But being around camp I grew quite bored. This “day off” wasn’t stacking up as exciting. And I was turning to our sparse rations for “entertainment”.
I jumped up to announce that I was going to walk around the lake. I turned and there was my partner all geared up and looking for adventure. “Let’s walk round the lake”, she announced with a smile.
And we were off. We picked our way around the Iddings Peak side stopping for the occasional cool plant or shroom.
I had lots of down time as well. My partner is still a carb burner so she must stop for snacks and lunch. I fidget and try to keep busy. Eating just seems like a waste of time. Today I feel asleep at “lunch”. Napping in the sun with my back pack under my head.
When I awoke she was gone. Off discovering the latest plant, tree, or rock I supposed. I scrambled to a high point and looked around. I saw lots of beauty but could not see my partner. Gosh, how long was I sleeping for. I looked at my watch … only 10 minutes.
I sat down to stare at the massive Iddings Peak. So tall it towered above me more massive than any building in New York City. And believe me I have been there. No this was more massive. Then something moved. In the boulders high in a scree slope. Something red. It was my partner. She was so dwarfed that I shuttered. It looked as though she could be swallowed up so easily.
We, as humans, are so small in the overall scheme of things. Given the enormity around us we are really all alone. There is a galaxy between us and our fellow human. Sure we group up as to not seem so small. But alone out here in the Crazies it becomes really clear that we are so alone. So small.
I sat down and waited. Drank some water. And thought some more. Soon she came back from her sabbatical and we were close enough that space seemed smaller again.
“So what about tomorrow”, I asked.
“I havent thought about it. There is no place we can really go but I am wanting to move on.”, she stopped to ponder something.
“HEY LOOK … myrtleberrys!”