Sunday, December 10, 2017

Walking A New Trail

Lately we've noticed that even when we're out walking at the marsh we can't seem to stop worrying and talking about our current political situation in our country. So many things loom on the horizon. Things like Korea, Russia, the Middle East, climate change, tax reform, the Senate race in Alabama. It has all gotten so distracting that the poem Peace of Wild Things seemed no longer true.
That red dot is where we were walking. The Hammond Trail goes five miles along the ocean here.
So we decided to walk a new trail. We drove just a bit north up the coast and walked a short part of the Hammond Trail.
This view is looking across the Mad River and out to the ocean. If you click on the photo you can see the waves. We stood there a while and breathed in the calm ocean air.
This is the view looking north. You can see Trinidad Head and the river making its way to the ocean. It was good to look far into the blue of it all.
The birds flew and dipped into the river. They moved in unison, and their shadows flitted on the river like a ballet in a mirror. No words.

We walked and walked. We saw a harbor seal, or I should say s/he saw us and slipped into the river as quietly as could be. I waited for it to pop up again, and when it did it looked right at us and slipped back under. It was a brief encounter between our two species. And yet it reminded me that Wendell Berry had it right. We can still come into the peace of wild things.

When we got home we both realized and reveled in the fact that we had not thought of politics for at least an hour, and it felt good.



18 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful, that escape. Our two favorite wildlife places here in Central Florida were severely damaged in Hurricane Irma and the trails are still closed as they are being rebuilt, cleared, and repaired. This post reminds me of how much solace they offered to people. I can't wait for them to reopen!

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    1. Colette-- I hope those wildlife places open soon for you. It really does help balance the rest of the world when you can find peace in the wild things.

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  2. Thank you. That feeling of not being/doing enough while holding down anger and loss is what defines this year, 2017, for me.

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    1. Sabine-- Yes, I feel powerless, diminished, and angry by this modern world. I hope for change.

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  3. It is good to hear you took care of your spirits, feeding yourselves with the holiness of nature. We all need to nurture ourselves now, so we can hold the goodness of this planet collectively, against the blight, if that makes sense. this felt peaceful.

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    1. 37paddington-- That completely makes sense. We do need to nurture ourselves and be prepared to hold the goodness of our planet against the blight. I wish this kind of peace everywhere.

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  4. How wonderful that you do have a place to empty your mind of all the garbage we are being bombarded with daily. Lucky you that you don't watch TV.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, our minds were emptied of the onslaught of endless nightmare coming out of Washington. It's good to have something beautiful to balance the rest.

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  5. Nice to be able to get away from it in such a beautiful place. You had a sane communication with a harbor seal.

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    1. Mark-- Yes, a sane communication! I love that.

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  6. Just read Julie Zickefoose's blog before yours. You, Roger, and she headed to nature and found solace in the wild things. Her encounter was with a majestic buck in Ohio. I appreciate the reporting of these long walks and the beautiful photos. Thank you. Kim in PA

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    1. Kim-- I'm going to head over to Julie's blog now and read about that majestic buck. We all need the peace of wild things, especially in these times.

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  7. I'm so glad you were able to find this escape. That poem is so on the mark. Every hour, minute, or second that gets the mind of today's happenings is golden. Take full advantage of them. I would love to see a harbor seal. I'd have so much to tell it.

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    1. Sharon-- We go for a nice long walk everyday, but we don't always get the escape like this. It was so good in every way. I hope you have that conversation with a harbor seal. It would be wonderful!

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  8. Love the last photo of the birds. I love the trails on the bluffs at Patrick's Point State Park. Have never walked on the Hammond Trail, but I've heard of it. Thank you for these views.

    The world feels to me now the way it did during the Vietnam War. I despaired of that war ever ending. It consumed my mind for years, exhausting me. Who knows how long these strange times will last? I can hear George Harrison singing "All Things Must Pass" as I write these words. Some things don't pass during our lifetime. Some do. Sending love.

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    1. am-- I wake in the morning reveling in the good news about Alabama. For now my faith in humanity has been restored. I am cautiously hopeful that this horror that has gripped our country will pass in our lifetime.

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  9. That was a nice pleasant walk to take your mind off things

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    1. Bill-- It really helps to have a beautiful place to walk.

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