Have you ever had an experience that was just PURE MAGIC?…. when things came together better than in your wildest imagination?
I had such an experience last week while camping with my husband, Francis, in the Coconino National Forest about 18 miles outside of Sedona, AZ.
We had spent the first night of our trip camping on a high bluff with a magnificent 360 degree view of the desert. You couldn’t see any signs of civilization other than the very occasional distant lights of a car miles away. It was so peaceful….
So we decided to return there for our last night.
BUT when we turned onto the dirt road leading to the bluff we got such a surprise. From the road we could see LOTS of cars parked there.
There was still a spot at the far end of the bluff to pitch our tent away from the “crowd”. And as it was getting late and we didn’t feel like driving around looking for another spot, we made the decision to stay.
We thought it was likely a private party and planned on staying at our end of the bluff. But as we put our tent up we heard the most wonderful music, and folks laughing and clapping. It sounded very friendly, so we wandered over to introduce ourselves to our new neighbors.
As we got closer we could see a make-shift stage where two folks were singing, surrounded by about 30 or so folks all set up in chairs around the “stage”. There was also a large campfire in the center.
Another couple came over and warmly welcomed us to join in. We were invited to a magnificent meal that had been cooked all afternoon in cast-iron dutch ovens right there on the bluff.
As we sat there watching the sun set over the desert, enjoying our newest friends’ company, eating great food and hearing magnificent voices singing, we were in total bliss. After all, here we were in the middle of the national forest, without a house or building in sight… and we had stumbled upon a fabulous concert (not to mention dinner!).
After the singing was over Rocky the Cowboy Poet took to the stage and entertained us well into the night with rich and wonderful stories of life as a cowboy.
Then, it was over, and in a flash everything was packed up and everyone said their goodbyes and was gone.
There was nobody left in sight but Francis and I on top of the bluff, sitting watching the shooting stars in the clear night sky, marveling at the wondrous dance of life…
Now THAT is living with Full Wattage!
What about you? Has anything like that happened in your world? I’d love to hear about it.