What wait , did I go to bed yet ?
Did i just spend the day talking to squirrels and chipmunks ?
Its all a bit of a dream !
Ohh the forest .
I made it to the South Brown Shelter . Its the only cabin on the trail as far as i have known . Ive looked forward to it all day . When i arrive after the thirteen steady miles of the day , im greeted by a solid , no frills back country hut , with firewood , water pump and a John Grisham novel to start the pot belly stove with .
I get a txt from Big Toe . He is threatening to make it to the Bridge of the Gods . Where i intend to finish my walk . He came off last week with his feet in a real mess . But has more hikes lined up this month .
Im so grateful to these two chipmunks today , for putting on the best show ive seen in 2016 . Pure circusry ! I sat and watched them for maybe fifteen minutes . I will spare you the reems and reems of photos i took .
I light a fire when i get to the hut . It feels good to have this primal moment in the name of my Fathers place ‘Brown Hut’ . As im lijting the fire , Gus from Maine is walking up the path behind me . ‘How you doin ? ‘
‘Good ! ‘
We eat and absorb into nature , like a great inviting open sofa . I tell my chipmunk story ,and show the video of the barking squirrel .
Shout out to Moose and El gringo and Gilligan and Eric .. You know why !
Ohh and the sunset outside the man cave on the picnic table was absoloutly sublime . Soft cheese and MnMs . Like a garden party for two bears .
Gus has gone to bed, im alone in blogland .A bloody big rabbit just comes and sits next to me ,whilst im writing this. Seriously , nature is everywhere here ! Its hard to not reference Louis Carol when im consistantly being aproached by conversational animals . Doctor Doolittle . St Francis . I stand still and breath , and nature speaks , sometimes in capitals , but always with KINDNESS .
And the pink flower , i almost forgot !! If anyone can find out what its called could they give me an email with it , if its not named maybe we could call it ‘Burt’, because i dont think there is an orchid called ‘Burt’ yet ? ! What a beauty . (The light so perfect that no editing or touch ups are necesary. )
Earlier in the day , i was walking through a break in the trees , every now and them the forest receeds to reveal the truth of the skys .I look above me , there are two raptors flying out of the sun towards me . The forest is still around me . The two circle again and become distant . The song of birds returns .
I look back now on a day when i said ‘yes!’ to everything . I let the pathway work its magic around me , from the stillness of deep ,dark and moist forest , to the brightest patches of life along the turns and groves . I have said ‘yes!’ to it all.
I consume the last two chapters of Huck Finn .