Leap of Faith
As some of you may recall, I have known Cal since 1997 (See #180 A Ten
Year Retrospective), which now is on it's way to being 15 years. The
following year after the post of that story on the website, Cal had
offered me the opportunity to come out to see him. He had made the
offer once before, but finances and timing were not lined up for it to
happen. This time however, I was quite excited as I had both the time
off and the money available to make a short vacation out to finally
meet Cal and see the Lair.
Wednesday, in October of 2010, was my first day arriving in Colorado as
Cal was kind enough to pick me up at the airport terminal. Upon meeting
him, it was nice to finally meet the guy after having known him so long
in person and after a friendly handshake it felt like I was in company
with an old friend the entire time. I must add that I am very thankful
for his accommodations, as he was more than gracious to give me lodging
during my visit. After getting settled, and meeting his sweet dog
Lilly, we ended up eating out at a local restaurant, and in one of the
topics we discussed Cal explained a bit of how he manages energy as we
were waiting. After explaining energy flow between hands, he gave a
quick demonstration with me holding my hands a few inches over his and
I can definitely say I felt the “charge” they had. I was surprised that
his energy had a good kick to it, and I confirmed that I could feel it
as well. I've been working with energy for years off and on, and this
was one area of Cal that I can confirm he has experience with based
upon the demonstration he gave.
After dinner, I ended up driving Cal back in his beastie of a truck as
I was drafted to be the designated driver for the evening. He mentioned
that he hardly gets the opportunity to drink and eat out. Quite
frankly, with him buying me dinner, I was more than okay with the idea
and I readily admit that truck drives like a tank!
Thursday, Cal took me out to see Thor's Gate which has the large eagle,
the lion, and the door that has the lion's face on it (Art's Door). I
took a few pictures, and immediately noticed how massive these various
sculptures were. Also another thing that isn't as apparent in the
pictures was how you looked at the Ancient of Days rocks you saw
certain expressions or parts more prominent than others.
Upon closer examination of Art's Door I noticed how it seemed out of
place from the rocks that are near it, had an archway, resembled a door
shape and it is also at ground level. I'm not a geologist of course,
but it looked like a chunk was taken or perhaps broken out giving a
rather flat appearance that made up the door. Of course that chunk that
was missing was nowhere to be seen, and perhaps washed away. After
getting a better look at Art's Door, Cal pointed me to where to feel on
the door for hand pads. I placed my hands as he showed me and felt
something that I can best describe as a brief connection or like a
“Hello” from doing so. I made note of it, and after finishing up a
couple more photos at the few rock sculptures that were present we
headed on out.
After visiting Thor's Gate, Cal took me out to nearby town to grab some
lunch and for a possible chance to meet up with a Midwayer contact he
had met there before. As we were heading out to the town I commented to
Cal that I felt so alert and energized. Cal commented that my energy
frequency had shifted, and from what I can tell his explanation lined
up and I felt rather good on the way out..
After arriving at the restaurant, we did not find the contact but I
have to say it felt a bit odd for almost everyone in the small
restaurant to turn towards us after we both walked in the door. The
experience reminded me of a western movie, when the guy enters the bar
and everyone checks out who breezed through in. Lunch was otherwise
good and uneventful before we made our way back to Cal's place.
Friday, was the big day of my trip, as we went out to see the Lair. Cal
took me along in the “Beastie” (The old truck), and I can see why he
did so as the trip in there wouldn't be favorable to a non 4WD vehicle.
The bumps were frequent on a single lane road, which had plenty of
rocks, dips, winded about, and it was well off the beaten path. After
driving along for awhile I began to wonder what would happen if another
vehicle came along going the opposite way, and no sooner had I finished
that thought we came across a larger truck that was towing a trailer
behind it coming towards us. With some very close skillful maneuvering,
both the other driver and Cal successfully managed to pass one another
without an incident. Thankfully, no other vehicle surprises on the way
into the Lair. However, the road we were on got more rocky and showing
it's age at spots as I could see the road eroding in places going
straight down into the valley below. I will add that at certain points
along the way if I were to have exited the truck I would have fallen
several stories to the forest floor.
After reaching our destination, we got out of the truck and Cal offered
me a hiking and I would soon discover how useful it could be. As we
ventured onward, I saw the creek that I had read about as we
approached. I took many pictures as Cal gave me the nickel tour and
some of the rocks were more easy to spot than others. Some were
crude carvings, and some very distinct. One in particular that caught
my attention was the T-Rex, When I looked through it with my camera's
zoom I could see the large head of a creature staring right back at me.
I have to say that these are quite remarkable to look at, and a
majority of these would be very difficult to get to . I will also note
that Father's Rock is NOT at ground level, it's about a story up, and
at an angle incline. Some of these pictures I recall seeing on the
website may look like they are easy to get to, but I assure you that is
not the case with all of them and the they are quite large.
As we ventured onward, I had asked Cal about these large groups of
stones that we had to climb over as they caught my eye. I indicated
that they resembled a shape of a very LARGE foot, where pretty much one
toe was the size of a person. Cal replied that it was a foot pad and he
activated it before we continued on our way.
The journey inward was more difficult as it turned out that some flash
flooding had occurred in the creek causing a lot of trees and debris to
be washed down where we were trying to cross. The hiking stick I
mentioned earlier became very helpful in figuring out where to step as
there were a large amount of long, thin, tree limbs crisscrossing over
areas we crossed with a ravine below us.
Around this time I began reflecting upon the fact that I was out in the
middle of nowhere, and I had a vague idea of where I was and how to get
back. I thought to myself that I must be crazy to be out here to look
at a bunch of rocks and the growing possibility of us getting hurt
proved higher than I anticipated with help being some distance away.
Nevertheless, I was already there, and it made no sense to turn back
now after having come all this way, so I continued on with Cal leading
the way inward, although a bit more cautiously using my hiking stick to
guide my uncertain steps.
After seeing the Sphinx and Pretty Angel near the end of the tour, Cal
had asked me to paint an area with energy after he did so. I had felt
an energy hum in the background ever since I had entered the
Lair. I would also note that it was very quiet in the are. I
don't recall spotting birds or creatures anywhere in it and the only
sound I remember was the creek trickling along the rocky ravine below
and of course the sounds we were making as we moved along. Although,
Cal did point out some large non-fresh bear droppings along our way, so
it appears creatures do wander on through at times. There were no bear
sightings this time around, nor was I eager to say, “Hello,” to one.
As we were heading on our way back, something else caught my eye and I
pointed out in front of us was a lion's head. Cal agreed and I took a
picture of it. It was not visible from the other direction Cal
had even remarked earlier that they had gone over that stone foot pad
so many times before and never saw it, nor this lion. I was still
surprised that I made these finds considering how many pairs of eyes
had been in and out of the lair since Cal first discovered it.
As we left the lair I
had a lot to ponder over on in terms of what we had seen in the lair.
Cal drove back out, and I was much more relaxed coming out than I was
coming in. After we hit the main road for a bit, Cal suddenly called my
attention to something on the side of the road. He said he saw another
rock carving, a whistler in fact, right there on the side of the road!
I immediately grabbed my camera and took a short video of it on the way
after he circled back for another pass. Then on the way back I took
some very clear still shots and sure enough there was a whistler with
wings right there along the side of the road! So it seems both Cal and
I found some new finds this time around, and again Cal mentioned he had
passed by that point so many times before and never saw it until that
Later that day, Cal and I met up with Sue and her husband for dinner at
a Mexican restaurant. We discussed the trip and later we went back to
Cal's place so we could show the pictures I took on the TV, as I had
one of those video out options on the camera. Sue also didn't recall
seeing any of the new finds. I was even able to confirm in some older
pictures that Cal's new find along the road was sitting there for some
time before our trip, just unseen.
Also during my stay, I had a serious talk with Cal about why I was
there in the first place. In the discussion, Father had suggested that
I needed to let go of my resentment of those that were close to me by
apologizing. I didn't quite understand this at the time, but I did
apologize as I was suggested to do. It was only after I did so that I
started to understand why he told me to do so. The apology had given
one of them a lot of relief and peace, and my relationship with them
improved greatly after I did so.
Saturday was rather busy with Cal working on a construction project and
doing some cleaning up. Not wanting to be a lazy third wheel, I offered
some assistance to pitch in the effort. As I did various tasks and
talked with Cal, I noticed that on more than one occasion when I was
about to ask something, Cal would answer it before I asked.
Sunday I went back home, with a lot of things to consider and look back
upon. One thing that I can say is that my opinion of Cal has not
changed, and he has remained patient, understanding, giving, friendly,
a joker at times, and good company. He was really going out of his way
and didn't ask me for any money during my stay and even paid for the
meals, which I do appreciate. Furthermore, he was even kind enough to
make dinner on one night too, which I thought turned out rather well.
I admit part of the reason I didn't want to write this story earlier
was that I didn't have the big sightings that others may have had on
their adventures. Ideally that would have given me the 'hole in one' I
was hoping to find on the trip. In retrospect, perhaps I should focus
on what I can attest to, and that would be Cal's character.
I can tell you that Cal has been very consistent in the many years I
have known him, and I greatly appreciate his hospitality as well as the
opportunity he gave me to see the Lair. Cal also isn't trying to pull
the wool over anyone's eyes, and the rocks themselves are not something
you would just stumble on out on a leisurely stroll. The Lair is well
off a beaten path and it is clear he needed some kind of serious
intuition or outside inspiration to find these rock carvings in the
first place, and add the fact that some of these sculptures are very
clear and these rocks are HUGE. Realistically, it would have been a
large and costly undertaking to make all of these carvings and way more
work than an average person would be capable of. I don't see Cal being
the type to be out there futzing with a chisel to make a show out of
it. Even the idea of a show doesn't hold water in that he doesn't take
many to even see them and he posts the pictures for free!
I can say with absolute certainty he isn't just seeing things in these
rocks, because I saw them too with my own eyes and took my own
pictures! Furthermore, he was a great host during my stay and I can't
think of any reason he would make such a tale aside from making a name
for himself. But honestly, I don't see Cal being any more special or
different than many other people I’ve come across, and actually he was
a lot nicer than other people I have met. He doesn't live a flashy
lifestyle and even lives in a nice, modest home. If you were to meet
Cal on the street, you likely wouldn't think much of him and from my
impressions of the man, he's all right with that.
Whether Cal really is Caligastia or not, I'm glad to have met the
man and he has helped me in many ways over the years I have known him
He's a good man, and I am honored to be able to call him a friend.
Thank you Cal for putting up with me for all those years.
Thank you Father for all that you have given me, and I look forward to
walk along the path you put before me.
My best wishes to all of you and thank you for reading my story.