The Romance Of My Life
"It was here that the romance of my life began." ~ President Theodore Roosevelt
Perhaps no personal truer statement may exist for me than this quote above, which describes so well in such a simple statement the way I feel when I stand on the bluffs where this image was photographed, near Parker Creek, just off of highway 288 (“The Desert To Tall Pines Highway”) of the Tonto National Forest. 25 years ago I discovered this place and the surrounding areas, and have never stopped coming back, because each of my 3 or 4 visits per year yielded such rich and wonderful new discoveries, both of the land and my relationship to it. And now that I own property so nearby and spend 3 or more visits per month, my initial concern was that the rich and wonderful discoveries would begin to cease, or else become common and blasé – Yet that never happened. It seems apparent to me that this land may be the true romance of my life. Time will tell, but Nature as my mistress has a firm grip on me here, as I consider my someday move to live here permanently.
While the quote above was in reference Theodore Roosevelt’s love for the rugged badlands of Western North Dakota, he also had great love the rugged desert and landscapes of Arizona, and the history of his touch are all over the land where this photograph was taken. Roosevelt Lake, and its Dam lie just to the South in view of this bluff, and all the lumber and many other materials were sourced from this very area up into the forest. Dedications to the lumber side of the project can view viewed just 5 miles further North, at Sawmill Flats, where logging mules back in the day drug the timber 33 miles to the dam.