Green Mountain National Forest

We spent two nights in southern Vermont at a remote site off Forest Road 86 which was off Forest Road 71.

The K9s had a grand time jumping after frogs in the bog, so much so that they were oblivious to the moose brunching across the pond.

The morning of departure, after loading everything into the Subaru, I heard the dreaded noise indicating my battery was dead. It was later, I understood my shuddering rear hatch had been trying to forewarn me of the impending issue.

I was standing in the middle of Forest Road 71 trying to get through an incredibly painful phone call with AAA (agent was NOT in VT, therefore had little comprehension of the road system) when a couple from Massachusetts so kindly not only avoided running me over but also gave me a jump start.

“The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.”
– Paul Auster

Moose (Alces alces)

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

Beginnings of A Journey

Restless didn’t accurately describe the feeling. It felt more like being trapped.

But something happened as I watched this sunset from atop a boulder occupied by a handful of people. 

“I’m growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life.”
– Elton John, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Sunset from The Point Overlook