Sandstorm



Struggling over the edge of a dune the first thing that strikes you is the silence. While I stop and catch my breath the entire world is motionless and quiet.





Ahead of me the sand stretches farther than I can see. Somewhere, beyond the dunes the mountains rise and break through the sand. This is my destination. I came here to cross the sands alone and on foot.





What landscape lies buried beneath this sand? In my imagination I see a forest, starved of sunlight, still standing, smothered yet supported. Behind me, my footprints are quickly erased by the blowing winds. What else has become lost here?



As I wander, leaving no record of my passing I cannot be sure which way I have come, or which way I was going. This must be what it feels like to be a ghost, cursed to wander the earth forever, but unable to hold influence over anything. I reach out to grasp something, and the sand slips, intangible, through my fingers. This is truly a place for the dead.



Without a warning the wind whips into a frenzy. Blinding, the sand stings my skin and catches in my throat, choking me. In that instant I have truly become a ghost, what is a ghost but an invisible soul, feeling but without consequence? And in that ghost moment I am privileged to a fleeting glance of the infinite. Nothing lies below here, in eternity all things will pass into dust.







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-2014-
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the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
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the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
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-2013-
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one hell of a mile 3
primordial
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
bayou
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north
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-2012-
steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sandstorm
sinister 2
sinister 1
dehydrated
anatomy
sleepwalking
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-2011-
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blink
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
harquahala
hole
pick up lines

-2010-
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monolith
freeze
slice
in their footsteps
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-2009-
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mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
sanctuary
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
forsaken
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
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sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
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the underdark
in the beginning





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