With the re-theming for 2019, it was time to update the prompt in the hiker register and provide the first entry.
Here is the text of this first entry:
Whenever I travel or move to a new place, I like to learn about the (pre)history, ecology and geology of that place. Thinking about this behavior of mine in light in “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” I now see that I am trying to jump-start a connection with that place by locating myself in a larger context.
One of my special places in which I feel this connection most strongly is Coyote Canyon, which is a few miles southeast of here. The area is now part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and no one has lived there for decades. The area was part of the traditional lands of the Cahuilla Indians, and while there are few visible signs of their 1000+ year occupation of the area, their presence is almost palpable. This, combined with some of the most spectacular desert scenery and fascinating ecology and geology, makes this a very special place for me. Whenever I visit, I adopt a reverent attitude and try to still my mind, so that I can be present in that place.
Is there a place that is special for you? If you feel so moved, tell us about it here.
Trail Angel Mary
January 1, 2019
In 2019, the oasis celebrates the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth. With the new year, the oasis name has changed to “Brooklyn Ferry,” in honor of one of Whitman’s greatest poems … a poem about place and the connection to the rest of humanity and the cosmos Whitman feels through this specific place.
Along with the change in name, the prompt in the hiker register has changed to reflect the new theme.
Copies of Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” were added to the Little Free Library, and I added what I hope will be sturdier booklet containers.
Here is the last page of entries in the hiker register for 2018.
A SoBo thru hiker from South Korea, trail name Baram 304 passed by my hiker oasis, just as a PCTA trail crew started a one-day project from my property.
The hiker explained that he was dedicating his hike to commemorate a ferry disaster in 2014 that deeply affected him, along with many other South Koreans. The banner he has carried in his hike includes pictures of the many students who died in the tragedy. More info at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_MV_Sewol.