a day in the woods

Today, Sunday, October 26th, I’m walking.  It’s a day in the woods.  An autumn ritual (because of spring snakes).  A 23-mile hike, which last year took 11 hours.  We choose the date by trying to maximize the chance of cool weather with enough daylight hours.  This is tricky.  Already we’re down to less than 12 hours.  Sunrise in Georgia these days is around 7:45 and sunset, 7:00.  And we’re a year older.  We’re taking flashlights.

We do it to prove we can.  We do it to get away from it all.  We do it to work on staying in the moment–to try to make it about the journey and not about being finished.  As you might imagine, around mile 18, this becomes very difficult.

So think of us as you go about your day…

I was walking again

in the woods,

a yellow light

was sifting all I saw.

 

from Changing Everything by Jane Hirshfield

The Lives of the Heart

 

One thought on “a day in the woods

  1. Congratulations on your journey (but I’m sure you’re glad you’re finished, too). Can’t remember if the period goes inside the parenthesis or out.

    The pictures are great.

    Did you write anything while you were in the woods?

    Like

Your turn...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.