Showing posts from February, 2014

The conjurer

"Fresh beauty opens one's eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common everyday beauty."
-- John Muir  [The Mountains Of California]

I arrived at Carlos Tours' shop around 10:00 to find the epitome of "go slow", island life:  the owner laying on an outside bench; one leg propped up & a brown arm blocking the sun from his eyes; asleep  (if you recall a previous post, this was the business where one simply wrote his/her name on an unattended clipboard, the evening bef…