Some folks “kindly” ask why I take my son Denali on so many trips. Others “feel” like I’m a bad person/father for taking him away from his momma.
Interesting isn’t it?
He turns 2 in December and I firmly believe we’ve been on over 75 different road trips together throughout the West. He’s been on 6 plane rides and has been camping since he could wink.
This is probably the most powerful image I’ve taken of Denali out in the field on one of our many, many trips together. I don’t know what he was really thinking about but I could probably interpret his feelings.
Minutes before I took this photograph, he had one of the largest break downs. I was used to it because it happens. He’s very independent, loves to pray, has an awesome imagination and the cutest kid I know. Maybe I’m biased but hey it’s true 😉
But his tantrum prior to the image wasn’t because he had a full diaper or was out of juice or wanted more crackers….
He wasn’t able to visit the wall of the ancient. He was mad because of the barricade. He finally gave in and figured out he wasn’t ever going to get a closer view of ancient writings.
As a father, I understand the need of fences, walls, seat belts, helmets and barricades. But I wasn’t sure if these bars needed to be here. To a degree, I’m glad they are. At least it’ll keep “some” people out. Then again, how hard is it to climb over anything that is 4 feet tall?
For those who destroy the beautiful wall and add their ignorance, you have no understanding of respect.
It is unfortunate locations like these and the many thousands of other special sites are not approached properly.
I take Denali on many trips each month because I’m sure when he is older, more and more of Mother Nature will be behind bars. I hope he can see and experience the wild lands in their natural state before more red tape or bars are erected.
I also take Denali on these many, many trips because, well, I can. Why not?! Over the last 9 months, it’s been a littler easier “asking” to take him. My wife is prego with our second one also due in December. So to take this tornado with me has enabled her to enjoy her time without 2 of the craziest dudes!
Fortunately, I know and visit a lot more places that are special, beyond beautiful and very difficult to access. Most of which are on Navajoland. Unlike those places, this location with the bars is only 5 seconds from the parking lot. Really!
I hope, we can respect more and more sites like these. Thankfully, there are protectors of the lands. It’s just too bad some ruin it for all.
Today, I’m grateful to have the most beautiful son The Creator gave me. I’m grateful for the land carefully crafted to enjoy, respect and explore.
I hope we don’t keep arresting Mother Nature for she has committed no crimes.
PS: My next post will be about another roadtrip we took to Montana and found a wolf giving his Grand Farewell. It was such a thrilling thing to see.
Denali enjoying the breeze in Montana on our way to Wyoming.