Good Bye, Larry
Larry Davis -- my friend, teacher, and the one who introduced me to Chaco Canyon -- has left us. He passed away, peacefully and unexpectedly, on Sunday, December 27.
So how do I say good-bye to a man who showed me so much?
His family says: "His hope was that his legacy would go on within each of us that called him teacher and friend. He loved all of us with such a big heart."
His biggest gift was introducing me to Chaco in April 1994. Larry loved Chaco since he was introduced to its magic some 20 years before. Chaco spoke to something deep within me, and I've been returning ever since.
I met Larry in 1993. He led a weekly meeting of people interested in personal growth and spirituality.
When he announced a trip to Chaco, I wanted to go. This was to be an experiment to see if taking groups there made sense. Three of us made the trek, a 15-hour drive from Southern California, giddy with excitement.
We camped, the third week in April, in the bitter cold (12 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit). Larry swears it was 70 degrees (Fahrenheit) just the week before.
Now that I know Chaco and the high desert, he may have been right. Then again, who knows ...?
It snowed on us the first night. We ate soup while sitting in the car to stay warm. We explored and hiked and filled our heads and hearts with Chaco.
We loved it. The experiment was a success.
Many Introduced to Chaco
Larry continued to take small groups, usually twice a year. I was his assistant on many trips, then continued coming on my own.
Hard to say how many people Larry has introduced to Chaco, and how many are changed as a result. Lots.
Like me. I always go to Chaco with the intent to learn something about myself. And the things I've learned (and relearned)! They are not always easy or pretty, but always valuable.
Thank You, Larry
Larry, thanks for Chaco. And your friendship. And all those I met through you. And all that I learned with your help. And oh, the memories...
Your legacy lives on, in some small way, in me.
I love you, and wish you peace.
Stop by Chaco any time.