Here’s the remainder of the book Review from Sue Ready*, who kindly published it on her Blog and other sites. What made me write the book after letting the story wait for forty years? Answer: The book evolved from a writing prompt challenge from Janice’s writers’ group: If you died tomorrow, what would you regret that you had not written? Writing about a previous experience some 40 years before proved to be easier than she thought. Don’s journal for the first half of the year, Amy’s journals and colorful calendars upon which Janice had written where they camped every single day, Janice’s sketches with recorded locations and dates, and Don’s myriad of photos were just the jump start she needed. Facts were checked using National Park Service sites online and her story began.
Janice concludes, “ The Road to Beaver Park started the moment we left home. After months of Painting, en plein air, a shift in Perception, and an unexpected spiritual journey that became Pilgrimage, it culminated at Beaver Park, CO. Thus the title:The Road to Beaver Park, Painting, Perception, and Pilgrimage.” She hopes her stories will motivate others to step outdoors take another look and view nature with a new set of eyes.
It’s not just the spectacular scenery,
the waterfalls and big trees and wildlife…
It is also about who we see these sacred places with,
whose hand we are holding.
(Ken Burns, The National Park:America’s Best Idea)
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