Winter in the Gila
One side of the canyon is four feet deep in fertile mud and the other is a sparkling stretch of frozen solid snow. The river has risen thanks to the abundance of snow and rain we’ve received, and it’s a tough call when trying to get out of the canyon whether I should wade through the mud and freezing water, or climb the slippery, sparkly mountain. Though it’s only January and the weather has been downright frigid, the plants are still pushing their way through both mud and ice. Even on the mountain, purple-green rosettes of Wild Candytuft are popping up everywhere. I do hope to have some new pictures soon, including some of the beautiful green things pushing up through the snow. On the mountain road just above us, there’s two to three feet of snow and more snowpack in the peaks, a rarity and blessing in the past few years.
If the water doesn’t drop dramatically by Saturday it’ll be another week at least before we can get our internet service back, which is not so good for us in a lot of ways but wow, I’m getting so much of my book and coursework written it’s incredible. I hope to have the Medicine Woman’s Herbal done by April, and to get a book proposal off to potential publishers as soon as a I get internet again. After that, I’m onto another Medicine Woman book and then a book on the medicinal plants of the Gila. And someday, a field guide of the Gila…
In the village, someone drove through the brick wall of the post office, again. Strangely, it was the same woman that did the same thing five years ago. And just now, a Hispanic woman walked by me with a four foot tall, technicolor image of the Virgen de Guadalupe. There’s dogs sleeping in the sunny main road and crazy stellar jays screaming down by the river.
I love this place.