And this is the part where I post a couple dozen photos of my time. Enjoy.
Spring South Part 3: Turning Fifty
Something unique happened during this trip. I turned 50.
I spent a significant amount of my camping and exploration time reflecting on this milestone. (As one does, I suppose.)
Then (what are the odds?) I accidentally (but also on purpose) deleted the last decade (maybe more?) of my personal notes, sketches, formulas, and tracking data. A few unpublished essays were saved, but not all.
These ideas were steeped in the work of my early adulthood (now mostly uninteresting to me) when my brain was lightning-fast, light, and agile. They had sat alone in the cloud, waiting for an opportunity to be reviewed and possibly critiqued or improved…
And then they were gone. Where did they go? Doesn’t matter…
Today I open a new (slower, but most definitely wiser) chapter.
Spring South Part 2: First Spring
After some decent sleep and a decidedly southern breakfast, Scully was ready to adventure.
Right away Kiki found an old friend…
…and we were off to explore the backcountry.
The views in the Blue Ridge Mountains did not disappoint.
And neither did the early signs of spring.
It had been a minute since we were camping together, but it sure didn’t feel like it.
Spring South Part 1: Getting There
Provided you love winter, there’s only one NOT fun season of weather in the north country. It’s called MUD season and it’s truly awful because when several feet of snow melts you’re left with a sloppy mess that attracts an unending supply of biting bugs.
This year I was determined to escape and seek out an early spring. But first, a stop in Keene to assist with a little studio work and to visit with friends.
Bright and early on a chilly 23° morning, it was time to bundle up and head out!
Kiki got DUCKED at our first stop…
…and soon we found our first signs of spring. They wouldn’t be our last.
At Scully’s request, we stopped to smell the grass.
Spent a LOVELY day riding along with the crew at Green Woodlands.
Yup. A FUN day, indeed!
Gathering of the Jack-O-Lanterns
A magical evening full of Halloween goodness – New England style!