four years ago today [2012.09.08]
parked on the side of a road somewhere in a national grassland, i woke up in the middle of the pitch dark night hearing strange animal noises and feeling weird energy, and it looked like the rear window of my camper was broken. it was pretty cold and i didn't want to get out of bed to look nor to write down the insights i felt. at some point, i awoke with an understanding of perception.. early that morning i had written "I woke up a couple hours ago with an understanding about the reflection through which we see ourselves being the same transparent mirror through which we’re seeing the world, though can’t quite remember the exact words right now." when daylight came, i saw the rear window of my camper door was intact and the only signs of animals were some cattle up on a hill across the road.
i recall it appearing like a lot of the national grassland was fenced off or being used for agriculture rather than a park or preserve, so i headed west toward the badlands instead of explore longer. after seeing a lot of the rock formations there, i drove down a dirt road surrounded by hundreds of bison. i then headed over to another little part further out on the map, sheep mountain table. it was a bumpy dirt road that led me to a much more desolate area where i only saw a couple other vehicles. i got out to take some photos and was standing near the edge of the cliff when the wind stopped. all of a sudden there was no sound at all, no sound of nature or man.. all that was left was complete, perfect silence, the voice of god. it was a truly amazing and beautiful experience that words cannot begin to describe. it was only my second full day on the trip and i had already discovered and felt the presence of god. i looked forward to whatever other peaceful places i might find on this journey.
nearby there was a high clearance vehicle road that went further into the park. i took it to the end where i set up a couple cameras for time-lapse shots of the sun fading across the badlands formations and the stars passing by. it was nice to be able to spend the night sleeping under the stars in what felt like such a remote place.