"Avatars are willing to help, even though it gets them in trouble." Clueless Wonder
I am done packing the backpack to hike out of Half Moon Lake camp when a marmot peeks up over the rocks and starts coming towards me. I immediately guess that the marmot is an avatar shell and play along taking pictures. Oddly enough, she strikes a pose right before I click the camera. After eight pictures, I decide to switch to movie mode and take a film. The marmot avatar does not understand what happened when I start to film so I say click as though I am taking a picture. The added prompt works until after I say the 2nd click and she says, "You are not taking pictures are you?" I continue to say click even though I have been found out. She continues to strike poses coming closer with each pause. She is really close and I panic and say a bunch of gibberish. I know it is an avatar, but I still did not expect her to get that close. She backs away and I say goodbye to her.
Below is the movie I shot.
In talking to the Marmot avatar about the records, she has a different story to tell. She wanted me to have pictures of her to remember the visit since I had spent time talking to her. She materialized a marmot image and blows into it creating a 3D animal shell. She steps into the shell as though she is putting on a costume. She was about leave when an elder tells her not to go. She ignores the warning and leaves to see me while her friends cheer her on.
Below is a pastel drawing of the three records she gave to me to examine. I sometimes do drawing to better understand the invisible records.
|The top left is the Marmot avatar creating the marmot shell.|
The top right is an elder warning her not to go.
The bottom is me taking pictures of her shell while her friends cheer her on.
I am indebted to her that she showed me her avatar shell, even though it caused her trouble with her people.
I was reading The Tao of Pooh when I was there. Also, A GBS was the avatar of the day when I was up there.