Can an intuition save a man’s life? Astronomer and competent mountain climber Cornelius Smith depends upon his intelligence for both his career and his hobby. Never before has he faced a situation where logical steps couldn’t be followed to an inevitable conclusion. Yet even he couldn’t possibly have imagined or predicted his experience in the Angeles Crest National Forest high above Los Angeles. Out for a pleasant hike on a warm Southern California day with a bare minimum of equipment he isn’t prepared physically or mentally for his sudden challenge, nor for the intuition that seems to insist he make an illogical choice — or die clinging to a rock face. Can a man with apparently no way back up, and no way down – find an unexpected means of his own rescue seems to have been placed there for him ahead of time? How can he explain the persistent image of a tiny angel that seems to hover over him on the mountain? And what will he do with the illogical intuition that won’t leave him alone? Though the e-book stands alone, it also extends the Milford-Haven Novels, the critically acclaimed, best-selling series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl’s BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.
Each of us celebrates the holidays in our own way, and this time of year is full of cultural traditions. Astronomer Cornelius Smith enjoys the Christian traditions with his parents, but feeds his soul by escaping into nature.
Earlier in his career, he spent time in the Angeles Crest National Forest -- also a favorite spot of mine -- at the Mt. Wilson Observatory, so he drives up the long, winding highway that rises high above Los Angeles and plans to do a day-hike before returning to Milford-Haven to spend the holidays with his parents.
Where an Angel's on a Rope
Come tomorrow, he’d be joining his parents for all the merriment of the season, and he had to admit he’d enjoy it for their sakes. But for him, the finest winter had to offer was the deep quiet of falling snow, the hollow thud of a heavy branch dropping its sodden weight, the pulsing, wet nose of a doe foraging for food. All these delights hovered far from civilization, and he edged his car onto California Highway 1.