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Sunday, February 2, Edward Abbey, from Desert Solitaire I have tried to create a world of words in which the desert figures more as medium than as material. Not imitation but evocation has been the goal. We camp the first night in the Green River Desert, just a few miles off the Hanksville road, rise early and head east, into the dawn, through the desert toward the hidden river.
Behind us the pale fangs of the San Rafael Reef gleam in the early sunlight; above them stands Temple Mountain - uranium country, poison springs country, headwaters of the Dirty Devil. Around us the Green River Desert rolls away to the north, south and east, an absolutely treeless plain, not even a juniper in sight, nothing but sand, blackbrush, prickly pear, a few sunflowers.
Directly eastward we can see the blue and hazy La Sal Mountains, only sixty miles away by line of sight but twice that far by road, with nothing whatever to suggest the fantastic, complex and impassable gulf that falls between here and there.
The Colorado River and its tributary the Green, with their vast canyons and labyrinth of drainages, lie below the level of the plateau on which we are approaching them, "under the ledge," as they say in Moab.
The scenery improves as we bounce onward over the winding, dusty road: More and more sunflowers, whole fields of them, acres and acres of gold - perhaps we should call this the Sunflower Desert. We see a few baldface cows, pass a corral and windmill, meet a rancher coming out in his pickup truck.
Nobody lives in this area but it is utilized nevertheless; the rancher we saw probably has his home in Hanksville or the little town of Green River. Halfway to the river and the land begins to rise, gradually, much like the approach to Grand Canyon from the south.
What we are going to see is comparable, in fact, to the Grand Canyon - I write this with reluctance - in scale and grandeur, though not so clearly stratified or brilliantly colored.
As the land rises the vegetation becomes richer, for the desert almost luxuriant: Many of the junipers - the females - are covered with showers of light-blue berries, that hard bitter fruit with the flavor of gin. For God 's sake, Bob, I'm thinking, let 's stop this machine, get out there and eat some grass!
But he grinds on in singleminded second gear, bound for Land's End, and glory. Flocks of pinyon jays fly off, sparrows dart before us, a redtailed hawk soars overhead. We climb higher, the land begins to break away: A fork in the road, with one branch old, rocky and seldom used, the other freshly bulldozed through the woods.
We stop, consult our maps, and take the older road; the new one has probably been made by some oil exploration outfit. Again the road brings us close to the brink of Millard Canyon and here we see something like a little shrine mounted on a post.Desert Solitaire is an eclectic book, anticipating and including every theme, interest, and concern touched upon or developed in the works to come.
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