before the sun sets

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we’ve been getting out for hikes on the weekends, which is nice. it’s always a push to get out before the sun threatens to set. we’ve also had such bizarre warm weather. it feels like spring, but the woods are relatively quiet.

i also had a chance to get up to the Whites recently and the beauty of the mountains left me with a desire to see them more often. we are only 45 minutes from the Whites, or an hour and a half to the Presidentials. the thing is, though, i don’t want to spend hours in a car on the weekends. there is so much to discover close to home. so much to get to know better. i love learning the intricacies of a  place when you walk the same path day in and day out. perhaps Wendell Berry says it best:

“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”
Wendell Berry, The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky’s Red River Gorge

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