Nevertheless, I have also learned to pay attention to my inner voice telling me when it is necessary to recharge my batteries. Providentially, I was invited to join a friend and head south. We would hang out in the deserts of South Texas.
Many would scrunch up their face with the thought of retreating into the desert. To the uninitiated the desolate world of brown and faded green might be more frustration than refreshment. But, I have done this before and I have found such a journey like a fountain of revitalization.
I did not need an alarm clock. Life’s burdens had been waking me up early, before the sun warmed the earth. Donning my outdoors clothes I began my walk.
The sand was plentiful and gave way under my boots. Each step found solid ground after the surface was compressed. There would not be much speed on this stroll.
There was no reason to hurry. An easy pace gave me the chance to absorb my amazing surroundings. Life was popping up all around me.
A road runner scampered across the road that I was following. Then, a pair of jackrabbits hopped into the middle of the road, stopped, looked at me, then leaped off into the scrub brush of the desert.
Doves in large flocks of 20 or 30 would flush and soar through the sky with blazing speed. A covey of quail flushed and flew off to the West. But, they had given themselves away with their chirping and bobwhite calls.
Something ahead on the road made me pause. Holding very still, I focused on the unusual shapes on the road 400 yards ahead. A trio of whitetail deer were staring back.
A dominant doe lowered her head. Her big brown eyes never diverted away from me. Then, she popped her head up trying to discover some movement to assess my threat level to her and her friends.
She stomped her front hoof. Neither perspective, sound or time gave her reason to flee. Then, she relaxed.
Between us a small herd of Javelinas walked out between us and began feeding on corn scattered on the road. Their grunting and snorting was entertaining. This is not a desolate wilderness but a land filled with life and variety if you pause to drink it in and refresh your soul.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography