After nine days of working with temputures of 90 to 100 degrees, the quarter of mile size design we had been creating was almost complete. Bill decided that he and I and his son Miles would drive to the top of the mountain directly north of Mickey Basin to shoot video of the design from there that afternoon. I had to leave the next day and drive back to Boise, Idaho in preparation for flying home early the next day.
We decided that the afternoon sun would show the plowed furrows of the design best and Bill thought it would take us about three hours to reach the top and find the best place to film the design. He was sure he could find the way to the top because he had been there in years past exploring.
We left about 1:30pm driving in Bill’s truck thinking we would get to the top by 3:30 pm, shoot our footage and be back at camp before dark around six thirty.
Although the mountain was only a mile from where the design was being made we would have to travel twenty or so miles behind it before finding our way to the top. We left traveling on an old wagon trail for about twenty miles and got to the back of the mountain and found that the road stopped there.
We continued up and through sage brush around rock formations that were in our way until almost getting stuck on one of the big rocks. Bill decided to back track and find a better way many times. Traveling slowed as the terrain became more difficult. We reached the top about 5pm, two hours longer than we had thought. We spent another thirty minutes finding the right spot to view and shoot footage of the design.
Bill, Miles and I were excited to see the Sri Yantra design far below.
It was perfect and truly majestic. The crew looked like ants as they walked through the quarter of a mile design working.
Bill and I carried my camera and tripod and a full size car battery to the location we had picked to do the filming from. By the time I was ready to shoot it was about 5:45pm and the sun was near the edge of a mountain to the West. In a nonmountainous area sunsets can still be seen until 7:30 or 8:00 pm, but in the mountains at 6 pm the sun can already be below and behind the mountains.
It was still light and we could see the design, but when I powered up my camera and looked into the black and white viewfinder it was difficult to see. The light was dropping at a quicker pace with each passing minute. I did get my footage and we hurriedly packed and headed back down the mountain. The truck’s headlights showed the tire tracks we made coming up and that is what we followed. Several times I had to walk in front to lead the way down the mountain. It was precarious to say the least.
We pulled into our camp at 10:30 and were greeted by the crew, who had been getting worried about us. It was an adventure for sure.