Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a fun and joyous ringing in of 2014. My family celebrated in the way it usually does: packing up our gear and heading deep into state forest, hoping that there will be snow in the mountains.
|A snapshot near camp -- Potter County, PA -- Jan. 1, 2014|
That far in, there is no phone or internet connection. The time spent in the woods, cut off from how we usually communicate and by necessity aware of safety protocol (Going for a walk? Where are you going? How long do you plan to be gone? Do you have matches, a compass, a map, and a whistle with you?) is always a good reminder of our own fragility in the beautiful, cold and vast wilderness that is not only the woods but the city. And after a long, solitary walk in the forest, there is nothing like being greeted by a warm stove and dinner on the table.
My wish for the new year is that whatever wilderness you find yourself in, you will also find warmth, love, and belonging. Happy New Year.