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
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