Become a Meander-thal!!
(This is a guest post by the Old Fat Man–Enjoy!)
- To follow a winding and turning course. “Streams tend to meander on level ground.”
- To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction: “Vagabonds meandering through life.”
- One who meanders as a lifestyle.
After much worry and hesitation the OFM decided that meandering was a worthwhile topic considering the readers of Bob’s blog are already in the moving about mode.
Meandering around makes a person a Meanderthal. It’s just that easy. The purpose is to visit whatever pops up in front of you and enjoy it. It might be a faint trail leading to who knows where. It could be the small sound of some honey bees in a hole in a cliff next to a trail you are following. It might even be a big concrete dam hidden behind a ridge down a rocky dusty road. The three things mentioned above actually happened to the OFM.
The faint trail was in the desert north of Del Rio, Texas within the Amistad Recreation Area. It lead to a limestone sinkhole about twenty feet from the trail edge. All the OFM did was notice a lot of small critter tracks cutting across the double track we were following. Why are all those critter tracks converging at that little trail our here in the midst of the desert? That was the question that begged answering.
The honey bees are another example of a great Meander. The OFM was headed down into Tuff Canyon in Big Bend NP. A faint hmmmmm could be heard. What is that? Where is it coming from? The sound was followed. Our path went up a narrow ravine toward a short cliff about a hundred meters away. On our way we found several sets of beautiful flowers. Bees were abundant on the flowers. When they left the flowers they headed in a straight line up the ravine, so we followed. When we got near the hive, it turned out to be in a hole in the small cliff. However what was neat was that the cliff had a water worn small cave cut into it. There were fresh tracks of a coyote in the sand near the entrance of the cave. It was another unexpected great find.
The dam is actually Cuchillo Negro Dam of highway 52 west of Truth or Consequences NM. The OFM Teams were out with a goal of locating some free camping on the BLM land near TorC. We headed south on a ragged rocky road just chasing camping spots. After a couple of miles this fantastic large concrete dam came into view. What in the world is that doing out here? It did not show on the maps we carried. We still do not have that answered. The small canyon that the dam is blocking gave us a few days of meandering to enjoy. In fact there are several more square miles of territory to explore just waiting for some meanderer to come out to play. The BLM land in the area is huge and open to camping. It is not a good summer location.
The OFM has often been asked how he knew to go to those places. His answer is always the same. He didn’t. He just goes out and meanders. Very seldom do the Teams get out meandering without finding something new or unusual. There are great finds everywhere we have been. There are many more places to find if you just get out and meander everywhere.
The OFM ADVENTURES blog has a motto of trying to have tooooo much fun. You too can become a Meanderthal and find new to you neat things and places. Have fun, The OFM.
Bob: I really appreciate the OFM sharing his story and photos (I love the phrase meander-thal!). I encourage you all to check out his blog at www.ofmadventures.blogspot.com I’m so inspired I hope the OFM will forgive me for putting in some meadering photos of my own: