My apologies to my readers because I am interrupting the flow of my 70/7000 saga but this autonomous traveler needed to get away alone this week.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a wonderful summer with camping, friends, home improvements, fly fishing, grandkids, and my first endeavor as a blogger. But whoa, it got way too busy and I needed some time to slow down and reflect. As Henry David Thoreau said “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” And so following his example, I got myself a cabin among the trees at KOA in Westfield, NY for six days and vowed to live life as “deliberately as nature”.
They know me here, I’m a return customer. Dennis, the owner, greeted me when I arrived. He knows I walk the beach in nearby Barcelona, NY on Lake Erie to collect beach glass and said the shore had been waiting for me.
My friend, Thoreau, said, “A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
I walked this segment of the”earth’s eye” everyday and with each day I walked farther and farther as my body welcomed more steps and my spirit freed itself from the details of everyday life. And things became simple and wonderful; the rhythm of waves, and the sound of the pebbles under my feet, and the colorful bits of glass that chose to reveal themselves to me.
My high school friend, Pat, who shares my birthday, joined me for a day. We walked the shore and engaged in great conversation. To our delight, we both found rare pieces of red glass. Stopping in nearby Fredonia, we went to The Lady of The Lake Shop. It is owned by another Pat who goes to Alaska, works with the crew from “The Deadliest Catch” and brings back Alaskan sea glass to sell at reasonable prices. I couldn’t resist buying two pendants and a pair of earrings.
Again I apologize for taking a break from my blog but as Thoreau said, “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”