They say there are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.
I agree. For it has taken quite some time to reach this place: the Red Centre.
And there is magic in the desert. It radiates from the sprawling rust-colored sands and endless blue sky.
And the dancing flames of the campfire at night.
As bits of burning ash swirl upward to meet the twinkling Milky Way — unspoiled by light pollution — a true natural wonder is revealed. The stars are as I have never seen them before.*
* Since I could not capture my experience with anything other than my senses, I have linked to a spectacular YouTube video to try and share the magic.