Thursday, March 27, 2008
Hike to the Barn
Spring time in the Front Range of the Rockies can bring any sort of weather from snow to sun to rain to intense wind. Spring time in general engenders a yearning within us to do new things, or simply to explore that which surrounds us each day but remains unknown to us.
For nearly two years I have driven by an enormous meadow containing an old abandoned barn. I always wanted to stop and explore, but life always intervened. The characters in my novel have no such constraints upon them, and ride their trusty steeds over the miles to investigate. Yesterday we awoke to glorious skies and warm temperatures, and I decided on a whim that it was time for my two companions and me to explore that place as well. Our trusty steeds were not the sort to be saddled, but were leashed until the park ranger was out of site and they could then be released to run with us. Wind gusts were so intense that we were tossed about several times, but we were not deterred in our quest to explore the abandoned barn seen in the photo above. Beanie ran ahead while Sparky the Wonder Dog courageously (the black and white blip in the right foreground) followed.
Mo had to be carried by Katherine, as the prairie grass was taller than he is and was cruelly whipping him. As you can see, he didn't really mind.
The barn was a wonder of patterns with rough hewn logs going parallel and perpendicular. But it was also creepy, and I would not have been surprised to have found a body within the abandoned shell. What had happened here? I think that is something my characters will have to work out.