The Sounds of Silence ~ Cave Creek Regional Park, AZ

Calming beauty of a desert sunrise
Calming beauty of a desert sunrise

We have seen some fabulous country since we began this nomadic RV adventure and many times we find ourselves asking “could we live here”?   The west is where  we feel the greatest pull, from the sandy beaches in So Cal, to the mountains in the Eastern Sierras, to the rugged Oregon coastline, we seemed to fall in love with the land around every turn.

Driving across the deserts of Arizona, looking out over the layers of craggy peaks, spiky cacti and the vast open spaces, I felt a strange pull, oddly comforted, like I had come home.   Having lived in Arizona for 20+ years I wondered, when we leave an area we have loved, does a little piece of our soul remain, to be reconnected with us upon our return?  This is exactly how I felt.  Looking across the great expanse of desert, I felt I could hear the whispers of our native ancestors welcoming me back.  The hawks circling overhead seemed to be guiding us towards our destination, Cave Creek Regional Park.

Me and my shadow on the Go John trail
Me and my shadow on the Go John trail
Spiky ocotillo in her winter wear
Spiky ocotillo in her winter wear
Barrel cactus with its menacing fish-hook needles
Barrel cactus with its menacing fish-hook needles
Stately saguaro, home to the cactus wren
Stately saguaro, home to the cactus wren

I could hardly wait for the next morning’s sunrise, wondering how I would feel as I walked alone in the desert.  Out the door before the break of dawn, complete silence enveloped me, the air punctuated only by the trilling of songbirds and the distinctive sound of the desert quail, which will forever remind me of our home in Sedona. Bunnies merrily chased one another and the stately saguaro, barrel, teddy-bear, and ocotillo cacti seemed to quietly nod their welcome as I passed by.  The scent of desert sage wafted over me as I inhaled deeply. In the early morning splendor of the desert, all manner of creature was awakening for the day.  I walked back to the RV, a deep sense of contentment filling me, as the thought of sunny days hiking deep into the desert mountains filled my thoughts.

A desert awakening at Cave Creek Regional Park
A desert awakening at Cave Creek Regional Park

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