I’m still curious and intrigued by the writing environment of medium.com, though it will always be third fiddle to this blog. I was conversing with someone recently about the ease at which people misjudge the desert environment, what I have described as a dangerous gulf between over-estimating one’s abilities and under-estimating the desert environment.
It reminded me to something I wrote on the web, maybe in 1995 or 1996 judging from the basic HTML and repeated texture background. Like the last time around or maybe it’s lack of ideas, I decided to recast this (and revise some of the language, though not much) and add photos to publish it in medium
This was in the early days of my discovery of the writings of Edward Abbey, first and foremost with Desert Solitaire– for me the peak Abbey reading experience. Maybe it was because I read it first doing my early camping expeditions in the Owens Valley of California while doing the field work for my MS thesis in Geology. And there was a year or two, where almost every spare weekend in the winter was spent solo camping in the Superstition Wilderness area, a place that called to me in its unassuming nature yet dangerous terrain.
The “Gary” in the story was a fellow Geology student, and we did a real bush whack in Fish Creek Canyon. And he really did kick cairns over.
There you go. Or there I go. I do like the re-writing process in medium- placing the photos, re-considering the paragraphs and the wording. The core of the original is there, all medium-sized and all.