Despite the “independence” of this journey, I am becoming more cognizant of just how interconnected we are.

As I just had another encounter which filled me with gratitude, I believe it is time to start acknowledging those who despite having no requirement to do so, helped me navigate through a situation reeking havoc on my game plan.

Aubuchon Hardware, I am so grateful for your assistance with my “lost the keys to my locks” issue. It is understandable why Aubuchon has been around for 108 years. Your customer service is stellar and I can not thank you enough.

Hiking With Humans

I rarely hike with humans, preferring a K9 partner instead.

But there are a few friends with which I enjoy sharing the wilderness experience, Sandy for instance. I find it impossible to hike with her and not feel  blessed by the experience. We have laughed, mumbled and stumbled through more than a few hikes. 😀

Button Bay

I force-marched right past this section despite being told exactly where to find the fossils.

“Nearly 500 million years ago, Button Bay was part of a continental shelf submerged in a warm, shallow sea full of life. The park’s limestones and limey shales preserve many fossils dating from that time; its fossilized coral is among the world’s oldest. About 12,000 years ago, the region was covered by a chilly ocean called the Champlain Sea – predecessor of Lake Champlain.”

– National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the United States

In this photo, you can see some fossilized sea snails but unfortunately it is difficult to find the namesake of the park, the button-like concretions formed when calcium mixed with clay in the Champlain Sea, as park visitors find it hard to resist the perfect souvenir.

Fossilized Sea Snails

I Love Vermont

“If the spirit of liberty should vanish from other parts of the union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.”
– President Calvin Coolidge, 1928

Vermont Attitude

Fire Station Number 1

(AKA Central Fire Station) in downtown Burlington, Vermont, was built in 1926. Responding to over 4,500 (emergency and fire calls in addition to technical incidents) nets the antique firehouse the “busiest in the city” title.

Central Fire Station

Dancing As One

“You cannot be who you are not.
Simply rest, sit still and unknot.
You may even try to emulate and inspire,
But it’s the inner self that you’ll transpire.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, The DAO (Dancing As One) Workbook Illustrated

K9 Breaks

Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Romp Time
Granger by Lake Superior

Traveling with moderately-sized 3 K9s requires regular stops to just get out and romp.

We really lucked out on some of those stops. 😀