November 14, 2015, Prescott- The nice thing about most Saturdays is that they tend to be the most open-ended day of the week. Today, for example, gave me a chance for a haircut, though not to visit the Farmer’s Market.
The trade-off came with the commemoration of one of our greatest Holy Days: The anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. As I explained a day or so ago, we Baha’is now observe this Day in tandem with the anniversary of the Birth of Al-Bab. The spiritual power of these “twin” Holy Days has yet to be seen by humanity-at-large, but it is felt by me, and millions of others around the world.
About twenty-five of us gathered at the home of a retired physician and a retired pharmacist. We shared the account of Baha’u’llah’s early life and several prayers, then enjoyed yet another fine Persian repast, prepared by the ladies. Among the particular delights were two types of chicken: Rosemary and marmalade. These give me two more ideas for the crock pot, this winter. Lamb meatballs were also delectable, but it would take me lots more practice to get those done right.
After tarrying and conversing with my fellows-in-faith, a bit longer than usual on a beautiful afternoon, I headed home, changed clothes, and course, hitting the trail on Segment 7 of Prescott Circle Trail. The northern half of this segment occupied me from 3-6:30 P.M., and takes in about 4.5 miles, between Watson Lake and State Highway 69.
The area is one in which I have driven several times a week, while glancing over at the wilderness between several industrial parks and one of our major shopping plazas. Today, I got to walk that wilderness. Largely scrub oak forest and tall grass, it traverses an old city landfill, now home to a medium-sized herd of deer, and a pristine valley, looking somewhat like a bowl, carved by two creeks, over thousands of years. Here are some shots of the northern half of Segment 7.
At the foot of Old Bullwhacker, I found another copse of trees and a dry creek bed, between two shopping centers.
As I was wending my way back to the Peavine Parking Lot, I got a call from Aram, filling me in on some news from his end. After a ten-minute conversation, I looked down and saw this little affirmation, from the Universe.