It has been a beautiful summer. I spent many hours enjoying the people and places I love.
This summer I also hiked. I hiked a lot. Sometime in July, I calculated I had hiked over 70 miles since school ended June 20. I decided I wanted to try to hike 100 miles before school began again.
The mountains in Vermont are glorious. The views and vistas magnificent. No two mountains are alike. The trails vary in length and difficulty. The views partial or a full 360 degrees.
To me, it doesn’t matter. The journey up the mountain is just as special and wondrous as the summit.
School began August 20. On August 19, I hiked up Sunset Ledge and watched the sun set. As I sat and gazed out I realized I had reached and surpassed my goal of 100 miles.
This summer I hiked 101.5 miles.
As I climbed down in the dark, I smiled. Maybe next summer I’ll try for 200 miles.
Deep in the heart of Vermont lies the Green Mountain National Forest.
Throughout this forest are dozens of roads. Forest roads. They have no names… Only numbers.
There is something magical whenever I find myself on one. I never know what I will find or where I will end up. But it is always something that captures my heart and and my soul. There is wonder around every corner.
Lakes, ponds, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, fields, trees, and even wild blueberries.
It is a place to get lost…Completely lost.
But what you find is miraculous.
You feel a deep sense of awe and reverence for this enchanted place.
And you notice a connection. Life is like a series of forest roads. You never know quite where they may lead. But along the way you will enjoy the glorious scenery, surprises, adventures, and wonders…
Around every bend in the road.
I am on the forest roads of my life. And it is a beautiful journey.