In May 2009, I spent my birthday alone sitting with this rattlesnake. I had recently experienced a time of profound personal challenge and change.
As I looked at its nine to 10 buttons [rattles], I thought of the years I had lived at Meher Mount – essentially the same period of time as the snake.
That a small, yet steady, percentage of first-time visitors arrive at Meher Mount by sheer happenstance, rather than intention, seems to exceed the rational probabilities of this occurring as often as it does.
Some do say they felt drawn up the mountain for inexplicable reasons. Some are on a country drive hoping for spectacular views. Others are simply passing by and are curious. Whatever the reason, they found their way to Meher Mount.
On two occasions I saw a mountain lion at Meher Mount, both times in exactly the same place. Both times I saw him cross the road, going down the slope of Meher Mount from right to left, and both times it was around dusk.
One evening at Meher Mount, just after dinner at dusk, we were sitting outside at the round table where we used to eat, and just enjoying the peace of Meher Mount.
While I sat alone with Meher Baba, looking at the sky, I noticed something moving towards me. It was a beautiful red fox.
When my wife Lilly was pregnant with our son Cyprus and near the end of our stay as Manager/Caretakers in 2006, we would frequently hear owls at Meher Mount.
One morning, around 5:00 a.m., I woke up and made my coffee and heard an owl hoot-hooting.
It was a beautiful day Saturday, April 11, 2009, when Meher Mount hosted two bird watching walks.
Manager/Caretakers Ray Johnston and Elizabeth Arnold were extremely prepared as usual. They had worked to make sure the hiking paths were mowed and the roads open.