Forests Everywhere

Passage

In all the woods that day I was
the only living thing
fretful, exhausted, or unsure.
Giant fir and spruce and cedar trees
that had stood their ground
three hundred years
stretched in sunlight calmly
unimpressed by whatever
it was that held me
hunched and tense above the stream,
biting my nails, calculating all
my impossibilities.
Nor did the water pause
to reflect or enter into
my considerations.
It found its way
over and around a crowd
of rocks in easy flourishes,
in laughing evasions and
shifts in direction.
Nothing could slow it down for long.
It even made a little song
out of all the things
that got in its way,
a music against the hard edges
of whatever might interrupt its going.

I love that last line. I’m trying to make music with hard edges, too.

 

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Where Were We Wednesdays (#12)

Each week in WWWW I post a photo of somewhere we’ve visited during our trip. Guess where we were, and you could win a little prize! This week’s winner will receive a magnet and sticker from Wall Drug, SD, famous for its free ice water and five-cent coffee.

Here’s this week’s picture.

Where Were We?

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Enter by posting in the “Comments” section. Guess as many times as you wish. Winner chosen at random from all correct answers. It might help to look back at our Itinerary or our Facebook albums.

Last Week’s Winner

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a winner. This photo was taken at Cape Perpetua in Oregon. We’ll save the super-awesome Corn Museum popcorn for another week.

Five Weekends in April

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From the rocky coast of Maine, through bare early spring hardwood forests, into the kitchens of great friends, across grassy plains to the rising mountains of Wyoming, we traversed more than 2,000 miles in April. Wonderful as our time has been exploring the East and Midwest, and as many hugs as we’ve been able to exchange with loved ones, high-fives were exchanged when we crossed into Mountain time zone. We’ve missed the West and it’s majestic, sparsely populated places.

Maine, Wolfe's Neck, Brunswick, ME

April 1: Wolfe's Neck State Park, Brunswick, Maine

April 7: Niagara Falls, NY, Niagara Falls, Canada, Rainbow Bridge

April 7: Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, New York to Canada

METRA train, Chicago, Illinois

April 14: METRA train, Chicago, Illinois

Triple Rock Social Club, Gastro Non Grata

April 20: Gastro Non Grata at the Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spearfish Canyon, SD, Rod and Gun Campground

April 28: Rod & Gun Campground, Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota

Where Were We Wednesdays (#11)

Each week in WWWW I post a photo of somewhere we’ve visited during our trip. Guess where we were, and you could win a little prize! I’m pretty excited about this week’s giveaway – our winner will receive an ear of “pops on the cob” popcorn from the great Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.

Here’s this week’s picture.

Where Were We?

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Enter by posting in the “Comments” section. Guess as many times as you wish. Winner chosen at random from all correct answers. It might help to look back at our Itinerary or our Facebook albums.

Last Week’s Winner

This photo was taken at the Baha’i Temple in Chicago. Judy, Patrick’s mom, had the correct answer but her loving sons deemed it cheating, as she was with us when it was taken. I’m not going to get in the middle of that…However, Mike Kelso also answered correctly via Twitter. Mike, congrats!

Where Were We Wednesdays (#10)

Each week in WWWW I post a photo of somewhere we’ve visited during our trip. Guess where we were, and you could win a little prize! This week’s winner will receive a souvenir from either the great state of Wisconsin or Minnesota.

Here’s this week’s picture. It’s kind of a toughie!

Where Were We?

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Last Week’s Winner

This photo was taken at Bryce Canyon. We had four correct guesses, and Random.org picked the winner…congrats to Gus! Thanks everyone for playing.

Where Were We Wednesdays (#8)

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Each week in WWWW I post a photo of somewhere we’ve visited during our trip. Guess where we were, and you could win a little prize! This week’s winner will receive a souvenir lobster-shaped lollypop from Maine, our latest stop. I believe the lolly is cherry-flavored, not lobster-flavored, though the winner shall be the judge of that.

Here’s this week’s picture.

Where Were We?

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Last Week’s Winner

This photo was taken at Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV. We had three correct guesses, and Random.org picked the winner…congrats to Daniel! Thanks everyone for playing.

Where Were We Wednesdays (#6)

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Each week in WWWW I post a photo of somewhere we’ve visited during our trip. Guess where we were, and you could win a little prize! This week’s winner will receive a souvenir from Washington, DC, where we’ve been hanging out this week.

Here’s this week’s picture.

Where Were We?

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Last Week’s Winner

This photo was taken at Cliff House Palace in Mesa Verde, CO. We had FOUR correct answers this week so I turned to Random.org to pick the winner. Congrats to Judy! And thanks to all who played.

Where Were We Wednesdays (#4)

Each week in WWWW I post a photo of somewhere we’ve visited during our trip. Guess where we were, and you could win a little prize! This week’s winner will receive gorgeous Florida sea shells we found on the beach.

Here’s this week’s picture.

Where Were We?

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Last Week’s Winner

This photo was taken at the Louisville Slugger factory in Louisville, KY. Rose had the correct answer and will receive a souvenir penny! Thanks for playing!

Where Were We Wednesdays (#3)

Each week in WWWW I’ll post a photo of somewhere we’ve visited during our trip. Guess where we were, and you could win a little prize! This week’s winner will receive a pressed souvenir penny.

Here’s this week’s picture.

Where Were We?

Rules/Hints/Etc.

Enter by posting in the “Comments” section. Guess as many times as you wish. Winner chosen at random from all correct answers. It might help to look back at our Itinerary or our Facebook albums.

Last Week’s Winner

This photo was taken at Lake Louise, near Banff, British Columbia. We drew a random number from our three correct guesses. Congrats to Kristie, our winner! She’ll receive some Mardi Gras beads. Thanks for playing!