After camping out for the first time with Alex, Brandon, and Daniel, we returned to Rotary Park.
As planned, we rendezvoused with Emily and Stevie and then hiked up-canyon together.
|Arrival in the canyon, which pockets a lush oasis in the midst of the desert.|
|Guest Cave, where we'll be staying.|
|From left: Daniel, Brandon, Emily, Stevie, Alex, Freebird. Freebird lives in a neighboring cave.|
|The view we've been waking up to the past two mornings!|
Once settled in, we all went over to the pool to cool down. I observed that Daniel wasn't wearing any shoes, and I figured that I could do it too. Not any different than Indiana, right? While everyone else ran ahead, Freebird stayed by my side as I pulled cactus spines and goatheads out of my feet.
|Swimming at the pool.|
|Climbing up to try the water slide.|
|Freebird, Emily, and Stevie around the campfire outside of Cottonwood Cave (where Freebird stays).|
Daniel prepared 3 different dishes of food for dinner (not bad for no money). About 2/3 of it came from wild edibles. Out-of-this-world stir fry, rice and beans, and another dish of honey locust seeds! That night, Free Bird also cooked us a dish (that I didn't get to try because I was so full) and gave us tortillas, blackberries, strawberries, and cheese. Emily and Stevie provided mushrooms and pomegranate-blueberry juice. I'm finding that it's not only possible to live without money, but that I eat much better than I ever have in my life.
Later on everyone had s'mores, but I didn't stay for that. I was feeling rather exhausted from the past few days. Stevie walked me back to the Guest Cave, where I got much restful sleep for the adventures that lay ahead the next day.