Alamo Canyon - Sep 20, 2015

We went upriver about 10 miles to Alamo Canyon in Bandelier National Park.

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I had not been there since July 2010, and the lower water levels were very evident. But the majesty of the vistas and rock formations are incredibly uplifting and inspiring!

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It was surely a strenuous outing, especially with tricky navigation due to underwater mudflats. The reward, in addition to deeply moving moments, was a renewed faith in my abilities, very welcome at this time when I am engaged in forging a new beingness.

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Wildlife sightings included eye contact with a beaver, who followed us for a bit despite slapping its tail and diving under a few times. Birds included an osprey, the usual soaring flocks of vultures, Great Blue herons, Canada geese, spotted sandpipers, dozens of white-throated swifts, a variety of ducks, a few hawks, mergansers, and even a pied-bill grebe.

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It is such a blessing to have the river fairly nearby. The stillness, solitude, and connection with all-that-is are unsurpassed!

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