Be it by Fate, Kismet, Karma, Mother Nature or the Universe, “At The End Of The Day, We Get What We Are Given.” It is up to we, the individuals, to decide to receive and celebrate them openly or turn from the gifts that are given freely by any of the multitude of “Higher Powers” that are believed in.
Yes, it is true. I had a freak and rather undignified accident that cut short my dream photography workshop on the Big Island with and and small circle of new friends. But the truth of it is, I hurt so bad that I knew, without a doubt, there was no continuing on the original track that I had so carefully planned. Instead, I found my way back to Oahu and was gifted with an additional, and somewhat painful ( I use the term lightly) week living with my daughter, in the Land of Far, Far Away! The tables had turned and it was she, taking care of me for the first time in our thirty years together. Much gratitude is extended to my Meagan who seemed to have a perfect mixture of endless patience and a stern (picture Nurse Ratchet 😉 yet respectful delivery of all doctors orders!
And yet, at the end of my last day with her, my son-in-law and the generous roomies, I felt sad that my “extended” stay was coming to an end. While finishing packing my bags, I looked out the back slider at the “muted” skies of early dusk, starting to feel a bit sorry for myself that I did not get to capture my “imagined spectacular” sunset on the Big Island. Disappointment was spreading in my heart that fate had taken that opportunity from me, and I turned away from the water, admittedly pouting. Not fifteen minutes later, Meagan calls from the back yard … “MOM, OMG, come QUICK!” And there, before our eyes, was THE most spectacular sunset! The one I “almost missed because I had impatiently chosen to turn away. I hobbled back in the house, grabbed the camera, lens be what it may, and limped down my first flight of stairs in a week and a half to throw myself on my belly on the dock. And there I had the honor of capturing “What I Was Given.” Once again filled with joy and grateful; for the many gifts given to me from “The Powers That Be.”
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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain
Image captured in Barrington, NH
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Beautiful and breathtaking scenery, am I right? This sunset was captured while driving on The Apache Trail. It was once used by the Apache Indians to travel through the mountains and then became a main trail for the stage coach. On our maps today, you will see it listed as “STATE ROUTE 88” and it winds it’s way for 40 miles through the Tonto Forest and the Superstition Mountains of the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area.
The guide books tell you it is a “must drive” journey, as you will see incredible, varied dessert and mountain terrain and drive right by the impressive Theodore Roosevelt Lake and Hydroelectric Power Dam. But do not be deceived! No matte what the guide books and tourists tell you it being “bumpy but doable” route, you had best rent yourself a vehicle with sturdy tires accustomed to off road-ing! A good … and I mean GOOD … LONG portion of this road is not paved, pitted with deep holes, very bumpy and often only wide enough for one car to pass. The pin turns can be very treacherous and high on mountainside cliffs that are without guard rails that are built to stop a car from careening to certain death if the driver isn’t paying full attention, at all times. Oh and did I mention to plan on taking nearly 4 hours to cross? It is longer than you think when you can only drive 15 miles an hour. To add to the danger there are NO street lights and it is really, and I mean REALLY dark up there! So be advised to make it a morning trip or at least be certain you are at the end of the journey by dusk. And watch out for animals! The Coyotes are plentiful and dash before your headlights and you never see them coming.
This all sounds like a lot of doom and gloom but I offer this advise only to help you to be prepared so that you can actually enjoy the stunning beauty of this drive. Take my advice and rent the jeep and it absolutely is a “must drive” adventure, you won’t be sorry!