The Rock

I cross the country to its center, marked by a single stone.

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I join a group to head out into the desert. When the sun rises we are well out-of-town and stop at a place where we meet the descendants of true pioneers.

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I am toldĀ  that, brought from another part of the empire, they were the dominant means of transportation around here, …

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… before cars and trains made their service obsolete. Most were then released into the wild. A few are still in service, providing tourists with a ride, while the true locals watch.

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We continue, stop for the sights …

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… and fuel, …

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… follow the road …

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… to our first camp.

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Then we go and see the rock, …

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… follow the path around its base …

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… where the weather is pleasant and fresh green greets us, …

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… but you have to see it in context.

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Nature has taken a break …

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… from scorching the land.

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We are told to stay on the path and respect the significance of the place. Most do …

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Aren’t there always two sides to everything?

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I continue …

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… to the other side …

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… where the shades are.

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Here people once found refuge …

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… and water …

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… at the Rock.

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