Ah! Wilderness

Just the other day, I was sitting against a tree for my lunch break. Singing a little tune, putting my feet up, and cracking open some pistachios. I was cracking away, taking some time, and actually said out loud, “Man, this is a lot of work.”

That made me laugh. I knew that most of my life, in moments way less simple, I’ll be stressed with my job, actual work, and I’ll wish, with all my heart, that I was sitting against a tree, cracking open pistachios.
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On a 40 mile day, sitting with my dinner feeling proud, I heard a loud crack and looked over to see a bear. She was about 30 feet away and looked just as surprised to see me as I was to see her. I yelled at her like she was a bad dog, “Go on! Get!” She ran off right away. I felt sad for yelling at her right away. I know it’s what’s best for her, but it felt mean.

How the hell do parents do it?

I’ve decided that running water might be natures’ most extraordinary gift to us. Whenever I get to take a break by a flowing stream I feel like I could just stay there forever! I get that I belong in the woods. If I could convince my friends and family to live there with me……I would never leave.

I don’t bother pitching tents anymore. I just sleep out under the stars. It feels right. Feels like the way I should have been sleeping all of my life. Then sometimes I notice my moon shadow and fall asleep to some Cat Stevens in my head. No one is ever really all that alone.

It’s been hot! But hey, it’s July. I try not to expect to get off easy. Growing up in MN has made me tolerant. I think tolerance is one of the best traits a person can have. There is no such thing as unacceptable. There’s just everything that is, and how you handle it.

4 thoughts on “Ah! Wilderness

  1. One of the joys in my life was sleeping out under the stars. Soooo glad you’re having this marvelous trip.

    On the home front, Bri’s play opens tonight. As we wait for the show, I’ll be thinking of you! Shine on, Kiddo! šŸ˜€

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