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A guy of measurement and scale, bodily and philosophically, Joe was once possessed of (and by means of) a fierce intelligence, rigid integrity, boiler-plate reviews, razor-sharp humor, and blistering contempt for many of humanity. We agreed on many stuff, disagreed on a few, and loved a stimulating, if sporadic, correspondence. Oct. 17, ’98 Zion nationwide Park pricey Joe, You’ll be my visitor for dinner this night, in a single of the main appealing locations you, or I, have ever obvious. We’re eating on the hotel, the place I’ve been staying the prior nights, and I’ll be having artichokes, vegetable pork soup, Ruby purple trout, and Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. you could have no matter what you're keen on! On either side folks, the pink sandstone canyon partitions stand up 2,000 ft, and the ground of the canyon is only that large, so the cottonwoods and plush plants alongside the Virgin River in basic terms see the solar in the course of the day. final evening, on my long ago from the eating place to my little cabin, i finished to observe the tamest herd of mule deer cropping on the garden, certainly one of them an antlered stag, then appeared as much as the brightest stars I’ve visible seeing that . . . I don’t recognize whilst. at the present time we (that’s you and me) went on a 10-mile hike, mountaineering these 2,000-foot partitions within the first 4 miles, as much as remark element at the canyon rim, the place we paused for a picnic lunch overlooking the eroded partitions, a few angular and fortress-like, others rounded in swoops and swirls via the motion of water and the stones it hurled alongside. greater up, the rock is white, whereas decrease down the iron and different minerals have stained it a variety of colours of pink and brown. in brief, wonderful. the nice White Throne, the 3 Patriarchs, The Weeping Wall, Angels’ touchdown, The Emerald swimming pools, The Temple of Sinawava, these types of have we feasted our eyes, binoculars, and cameras upon. And Joe, you’re most likely respiring a bit demanding, for the canyon ground is at 4,500 toes, taking us as much as 6,500 toes at the rim, so it was once a panoramic stroll, in either senses. And this can be how I’ve been getting alongside in recent times, as a modern day saddletramp. i found up in northern B. C. that climbing is an acceptable substitute to motorcycling — to maintain me “moving” — so at any time when I come to a spot like this i attempt to pause and absorb the surroundings and the birds. The workout is nice, and it additionally slows down my velocity a bit. Moments of fact and sweetness have been sorely missing in my lifestyles in recent years, and it used to be the motorbike which first brought me to a couple elegant encounters with highways, landscapes, and flora and fauna. Pausing alongside the best way, regularly within the nationwide parks, and stepping into the woods has been both . . . if now not uplifting, at the very least stabilizing. you could think that i've been rocked to the very foundations by means of the incredible and unacceptable tragedies of the previous 14 months. you recognize in addition to somebody the way in which i attempted to dwell my existence — if I did good, i might attempt to do reliable, believing in a few uncomplicated karmic precept that “if you do solid, you get solid. ” good, it ain’t precise in any respect, for that's additionally the way in which Jackie lived, and how we taught Selena to be, and her entire concentration in existence, even at 19, was once to move out and struggle injustice.