Sunshine Peak San Juan Mountains, CO
In my previous Blog you will find the first part of a Book Review by Sue Ready.* The photo of our rig parked alongside the San Miguel River shows our setup there. Part 2 of the Review continues here: During this time Janice developed her painting skills. Her sketches would prove to be an invaluable resource as she put together The Road to Beaver Park some 40 years later as they enhanced her story telling skills and documented their travels.
Janice and Don were kindred spirits that sparked curiosity and creativity. While she looked at colors, designs and patterns bringing attention to her husband things he may have missed while looking at plants and animals, they found observation to be their common ground. That’s where science and arts begin, both working from the same source.
What intrigued me most about Janice’s story was the unexpected. Often she experienced heart stopping epiphanies, being awestruck by incredible beauty, and time and time again being overwhelmed with wonder. And then along the way she discovers a contemplative side, that through a practice of solitude, silence, and listening to God she found the most unexpected, her place in Christianity.
Janice’s children learned resourcefulness adjusting to their new surroundings. After a year of travel they were able to be comfortable any place they were. They developed an appreciation of the outdoors, and learned to be stewards of the land. Read more next week on what motivated Janice to write a story that happened forty years before.