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Dreaming of Utah

Utah, South of Moab

Utah, land of dreams

I have been dreaming of Utah these past nights. Not those kind of dreams you have when you are wishing you could go somewhere. Not the melancholy type. But the kind of dreams that are had from experience, when your subconscious is so full of an experience that it pours out of you after you have had it. The dreaming is rich of the landscape. They are not full of saga or people, or any far-fetched narrative. They are full of the place, the feelings, textures, smells, and colors. Every night after I close my eyes I relive the place. The overwhelming beauty.

I have never had such realistic and vivid dreams before of a real place, portrayed in a true and actual dynamic. I am wondering what this means for my psyche. Have I found my spirit home? Or was the experience simply overpowering that my subconscious is relishing the intensity of the memories?

Utah. I await the next adventure.

 

rain falls on Utah, the mist of magic

rain falls on Utah, the mist of magic

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Desert Land next Stop

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I have been in many places across this landscape of Utah, visited it’s canyons, rivers, plateaus and rock formations. But never for as long as I will when leading Quest. So today I begin the great “count down” for departure. In planning the trip I referred to the Utah Gazeteer, map book extraordinaire. But the scale of the plateau of southeastern Utah is immense and leaves me with only a fragmented sense of this expanse of landscape. I wanted a map that would guide me across this place that I could look at whole. I chose a map to order sight unseen, yet thinking it would reveal the mystery as a whole . Today as I review the readings the program participants and I will read encamped on some mystical spot of sandstone I unfold the map. Ha! The map covers the southern edge of the area in question. But the northern portion if the area I am interested to study is not to be found . Looking back to the map guide selection , you know the little overlapping boxes that denote which map covers what area, I realize the map I want does not exist! Maps ring the area in question , but not the place. And that is the magic of the upcoming journey. Seeing, feeling, touching, smelling for ourselves that power of a landscape we do not know from reading a map or previous experience. Soon the days will be of this journey, dust trailing behind us as we get to know the mystery.


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Quest: Itinerary

 

 

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We are working through the final details, but here is the current itinerary for Quest.

Quest Dates: May 13-May 22, 2014

May 13: Meet in St. George, orientation and depart for Zion (camping)

May 14: Zion, hike (camping)

May 15: Zion, hike and depart for BLM immersion (camping)

May 16: BLM immersion and depart for Arches (hotel)

May 17: Arches (camping)

May 18: Arches (camping)

May 19: BLM Immersion (camping)

May 20: BLM Immersion, Depart for Grand Stair Case Escalante (camping)

May 21: Escalante, (hotel)

May 22: Return to St. George (hotel)

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 A note about the BLM immersion dates. During these periods we will be investigating place and your creative process. We will be exploring how intuition is engaged, how you think about the world, and how you express yourself through the things you create. 

While we are visiting Zion, Arches, and Escalante we will be hiking, intensely exploring, learning landscape and soaking up the place.