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This story ran in Arizona Highways' January 2015 issue.
Editor’s Note: If you’re a longtime reader of Arizona Highways, you’re familiar with Charles Bowden. For decades, his beautiful words have been appearing on the pages of our magazine. Sadly, Mr. Bowden died unexpectedly on August 30, 2014. Like so many others, we were devastated by the news. As a writer, teacher and friend, he leaves a void that cannot be filled.
Toward evening during the hot breath of summer, the desert air matches the body temperature and the line dissolves between your body and the world around you. As a boy, I’d walk the dog under a tree in the corner of the park at twilight and hummingbirds would hover just over my head. I knew nothing of their customs or various nations then. But my boy’s eyes glimpsed an open door as the night came down and the promise of what I could be and learn if I left the everyday world and spun up into the sky.
For a long time I seemed to lose that feeling, but now I want to find that open door again. A rufous...
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