Michaux State Forest

We spent the first night of our journey at campsite 13 in Michaux State Forest, PA.

As we were walking in, I noticed a small cluster of fungus sunbathing in a shaft of sunlight.

It was like seeing the Red-spotted Purple Admiral (Limenitis arthemis) feeding on the pile of dog crap as I walked outside to turn off the main water line just before we left the house for the last time. The juxtaposition of something so beautiful, so fragile yet so defiant in the face of what could be considered a significant challenge.

Life throws a lot at you, enough to overwhelm at times but it is your response to such that determines the outcome.

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
– Bradley Whitford

Spindle-shaped Fairy Club (Clavulinopsis fusiformis)

Breaking Free

Two months have elapsed since I decided to “give in” to the desire to break free from the familiar rut I had been traveling for over two decades.

Almost everything has been sold, stored, given away or discarded. Unless something interferes, closing will occur next week.

And if all goes well, the K9s and I will begin our journey in a few days, heading out in search of new places to explore, hiking to our hearts’ content. 😀

It was on the return trip from taking yet another load to the storage unit that I was blessed with this spectacular lightshow.

Crepuscular Rays

Slip Sliding Away

I was getting used to watching my dreams pass me by,  justifying the denial by the clandestine trappings of self-imposed demands.

But one component of my life kept me from becoming satisfied with surrender – my K9s. Walking in the woods with Granger, Zoe and Aslan has kept the dust from settling over those dreams.

“The nearer your destination, the more you’re slip sliding away.” 
– Paul Simon, Slip Slidin’ Away