eems I managed to pump fuel all around the
insides of the stove and when it lit up images of myself on CNN flashed across my panicked
geezer brain trying to explain to the whole wide world how I managed to render into
charcoal a landmark on the National Registry of Historic Places. I had to do
something quick. Still half asleep with no coffee to jump-start real brainwork I
dumped a gallon of water on the whole affair. That worked. Then all I had to
do was figure out what to do with a stove turned water bucket.
About thirty or so paper towels later I was
ready to give it another go. Cautious as a cat I carefully read the instructions and was
soon snuggling up to my first cup of coffee.
up?" Kevin inquired crawling out of the tent.
"Well, you missed the adrenaline rush
and the near explosion. So all that's left is coffee, fried potatoes and scrambled
"I came as close to toast as a care to
in one day."
With breakfast out of the way we struck for
the Loop Trail loaded down with camera equipment (mine) and video equipment (Kevin's).
Be advised, you shouldn't go to Enchanted
Rock without a camera. That'd be like fishing without a pole, a movie without
popcorn or a wedding without a groom. (Okay, scratch that last one.)
Kevin, part poet artist writer musician actor
and now filmmaker, was off in his world
and I in mine. Every now and again we'd discuss technical issues -- like who forgot
the snacks -- or the best way, while carrying camera equipment, to navigate the shortcut
we'd taken back across Little Rock toward camp.
The day had turned fowl, low gray clouds and
a fine mist which dissipated on our way to the park headquarters to buy some high dollar
firewood. After throwing $10 at the process we vowed to find a better way which
meant scavenging wood from vacated campsites -- that became a daily exercise and when we
left there was a sizable pile of wood for the next folks. I don't know how other
folks feel about camping without a campfire, but for my part there's not much to be said
for camping without that piece of ancient magic.
With advance warning, Kevin
had turned vegetarian on me so I came well prepared and served up egg-plant parmigana two
nights in a row, then spaghetti, then vegatable soup. (If crackers are all crushed
up when you open the package are they crackeders?) I think it was Joseph Campbell
who said vegetarians were folks who never heard a carrot scream. Anyway, Kevin has
since turned away from his veggie diet once he recognized the source of his compulsion to
stare at the sun.
Our first night together turned close to
freezing and all the extra blankets I had on hand just wasn't enough. I began
pondering a way to keep from getting frost bit or
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