Camp Fires

Camp Fires

As you can see from the photo, there is no shortage of camp fire material on the ranch. There is nothing like the aroma of a camp fire. I especially prefer cedar or juniper, the real name. Cedar was used in ancient rituals as a cleansing smell to clear the bad spirits and make way to invoke the good
ones. Often on my world journeys I disembark from a plane and inhale the aromas of my destination. The smell of wood fires burning takes me back to a place deep in my soul. At Ambush Hill, my ranch in Texas, I enjoy lighting a fire after a day of physical work on the ranch. I have a fire pit behind my house on the bluff and start my fire with twigs and cedar limbs to cleanse the air. Then I add sage, oregano, rosemary and lemon grass to summon pleasant spirits. I grow the herbs in my flower beds and conservatively trim them for my evening fires. A cold beer usually enhances the experience. A water hose lies adjacent to the fire pit. My chair and tree stump table are part of the scene. What more could a person desire? A beautiful evening, a spectacular sunset, the silence of the coming night and the aroma of a camp fire.