Day 1 - Prologue
From my current vista, I scan ridge lines and mountains 50 miles distant. The rugged landscape is breathtaking and dominated by towering cliffs, elevated mesas, vast valleys filled with brush and dark forest, and multi-colored bands of rock. Distance creates the illusion of calm tranquility.
The wind slacks for the first time in ten minutes and suddenly I hear the intense barking of dogs. It's coming from up canyon and farther North than we had expected. My cell phone rings and I snatch at it expectantly. It's Wayne and his words have me moving fast. A huge lion is pinned on a ledge 1,500 ft. down slope by a single dog. Every second counts.