in hindsight

July 30, 2022 [Cathead Bay Trails, Leelanau State Park: hike with James, 11:15-12:20pm] The last time we walked this trail, there was six inches of powdery snow on the ground. The trees were bare, and the sun shone through to the forest floor. It was January 1, 2020, and the New Year was full ofContinue reading “in hindsight”

Fruits of labor and beauty

May 14, 2017 [Tweddle & Treat Farms, SBDNL: hike with James, 2:30-4:45pm] Walking through the tall grass in these fields that have gone fallow, it’s easy to get the sensation of walking in two places at once – the present and the past.  The self-sowing perennials have lived on long past the homesteaders who plantedContinue reading “Fruits of labor and beauty”

from a visit to Platte Plains

September 9, 2017 [Platte Plains Trail, SBDNL: hike with James, 11:00am-1:00pm] As our tires left the smooth and measured asphalt and began the uneven, rocky descent of Trails End Road, I realized we were asking a lot of the woods. I always come expecting to take away a sense of comfort, peace, wholeness – allContinue reading “from a visit to Platte Plains”