Words could never do justice to the limitless beauty that I have discovered here, in this hidden copse. I will, with due respect, do my best to give you some sense of it all. Forgive me if I somehow fail to convey this appropriately to you. When I was only a boy, my father asked me to do something that I will never forget. We were arguing one morning about learning music and he said to me, “JoJo, I would like you to define the word ‘average’ and the word ‘successful.’ After doing that, I would like you to tell me which one of those you would like to be and why.”
After performing my usual under my breath grunt, I looked both words up and easily made my choice. Although I have always battled being lazy, there is no glory in just being average. That drive alone has led me to this mission I currently navigate each and every day.
I bet, at this point, you are wondering exactly what it is Loretta and I are attempting to uncover. When I first discovered this area, I was drawn to a sticky vine growing out of a rock formation. The green color, mixed with deep red hues, still amazes me to this day. When I first removed a leaf, it felt very sticky in between my fingers. It was not until I noticed that the resin from the leaf itself was able to induce a sense of euphoria. By simply rubbing the leaf in my fingers, I discovered an almost out of body experience. In my effort to discover more about this strange growth, I began removing some of the rocky surface around where the vine emanated. Several inches below the hard surface, I discovered an almost metallic structure that seemed hollow. When I first uncovered the surface, I could tell it was hollow on the inside. I became fascinated with how this structure became covered by rock and began to dig through more and more of the rock, only to discover that the actual structure was larger than I had first thought.
To be continued…