June 15th, 2012
After being lulled to sleep by the loons, frogs and party animals across the river cranking Johnny Cash til 2am, MyHoney, Lexi, Derby and I set out on our adventure. Loaded in the car with water bottles, trekking poles, and my back pack.. we set off to TownShip E - location of Angel Falls. Out of tradition, I drove the long way in, down Bemis Track, and through the bumpy, washed out, and narrow dirt road.
Along the way, there were more yellow butterflies in the road than I have ever seen in my life. If I had more presence of mind, I would have pulled over and taken a picture. At first, it was like driving through a fairy land full of winged color and wonderment. After a while, each time one slapped on the windshield or to the grill of my car, MyHoney and I would sigh and say "Awwwww...." slap slap slap "awww ... awww! AWWW!!!"
|Then July 3rd, 2008 - Derby and Destiny hiking into Angel Falls|
|Now June 15th 2012 - Derby and Lexi hiking into Angel Falls|
We could hear the river long before we reached it. When we arrived, our dogs hesitated at the edge, looking at us for reassurance. Derby felt the need to keep coming back to "help" us across by being in our way. Lexi timidly walked each rock like an Olympian Balance Beam Gold Medalist and waited for us at each crossing. By the time we reached the waterfall, MyHoney and I were soaked. I was already physically and emotionally drained and ready to take a rest. The last crossing served to be the trickiest, and my heart replayed the day that Destiny stood at the edge of the rushing water refusing to budge an inch. I froze myself a few times wondering if I had the tenacity to cross.... and I could practically hear the strangers that day chanting "C'mon Destiny!" If the Queen of Ten Ass City could do it.... so could I.... the weight of my backpack tested my balance, but the trekking poles helped me scurry across.
|MyHoney, Derby & Lexi crossing the River to Angel Falls|
Once we rounded the last bend, the jewel of the trek revealed itself... there she was in all her glory -Angel Falls. Because of the heavy rains we had this spring, the falls were roaring and heavy - spraying mist and creating a glow of rainbows in the midst of lush green trees and mossy rocks.
I took off my pack and rested it on a rock, and MyHoney and I took off our soaked shoes and socks and I set about the task of unpacking our picnic lunch. The dogs rested, then became restless (as they recover much quicker than we do) and began exploring their surroundings. Unlike the last time we hiked in, we were the only people there, besides another couple who had hiked in with a black lab.
|Then - Destiny resting on the rocks - Angel Falls|
|Now - Lexi Resting on the Rocks - Angel Falls|
|Lexi and Derby chilling out at Angel Falls|
I reached for my keys and tried to force the screws out.. no luck. Derby, who thought I was trying to break into a snack, nosed in to help. I pushed away his face, and my hand hit his dog-tags... eureka! I unfastened Derby's collar and worked his rabies tag into the top of the screw. It was the right size and shape, but the tags soon cut into my thumb and fingers, and the work was hard. MyHoney took over, and I couldn't stand to watch him labor over loosening the screws. I kept saying "It's ok if we don't do this today".... I was losing my reign over the Ten Asses - I had to walk away.
|Derby, and his dog tags -to the rescue <3|
Deciding to capture at least our trek, I took some pictures of Destiny's paw print on the rocks. Because I was still barefooted, I walked around gingerly with Lexi following close behind, curious as to what Momma was doing. Greeted by the other couples black lab, I had a lightening bolt idea... and I scrambled over the roclks to the fellow hikers who were taking in the view of the falls.
|A Walk With Destiny|
Finally, Mr. Military exclaimed "HA HA! GOT IT!" and we all hovered over the little pine box.... he gingerly handed it to me, and my eyes welled. I popped off the cover, to find a neatly wrapped baggie of finely crushed white sand. It wan't at all what I expected. I expected to see grey sooty ashes - like when you clean out a fireplace. I didn't expect to see opalescent, what looked like beautiful crushed sea shells and snow white sand.... like what you would find On The Coast of Somewhere Beautiful...
Mr. Military, Ms.Inquisitive and Black Lab retreated so we could have our moment, and once I composed myself, I found a rock to kneel on at the base of the waterfall. Derby stood close by as we released a good portion of Destiny's ashes into the cascading waters. I reserved the rest to scatter on top of Bald Mountain, At Steep Bank Pool, at my campsite, and will bring some home to the farm. I have decided not to keep any in the little pine box... Destiny doesn't belong in a little box, her life is so much bigger than that.
|Derby watches on as his friend Destiny runs free...|
|Destiny is now, and forever the Angel of Angel Falls|
Paradise is Here, Paradise is Now - Paradise is on the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful....
Our Adventures Live On....
|A Walk With Destiny - Bald Mountain|
|View from Bald Mt Fire Tower|
|Destiny at Bald Mt - I carved our names on this years ago, couldn't find it now... thousands of signatures are on this table|
|A Walk With Destiny - Summit of Bald Mt|
|Destiny - Fire Tower, Bald Mt|
|Destiny, Top of Bald Mt|
|A Walk With Destiny -Steep Bank Pool, Kennebago River|
|Destiny, on the dock she would sit on watching me fly fish -Kennebago River|
Our Adventures Live On....