22 March 2020

22 03 2020

img_9403I walked this morning at the Verkade section of Harkness State Park in Waterford, a parcel donated by the family of a late high school classmate. It’s desolate, open and brown, with no signs of Spring and my spirits are sagging. I plod along, hugging the perimeter. I reach the bend where the path veers to the right to continue around the open area and I see a person coming through the woods that border this area. It’s Dennis, friend of my usual walking friend Julie. He and I chat – from a distance: I definitely would not be able to rescue him if he had been drowning. He’s familiar with the path that loops through the woods, which I follow as we part in opposite directions.

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My step is lighter. I text Julie to share my exchange with Dennis. The trees resonate with the chirp of cardinals, the drumming of woodpeckers. I unsuccessfully check a small pond for amphibian eggs. Back into the open area, I continue the loop back towards my car. The sun is strong, I unzip my coat, and then my first sweatshirt and ultimately my second. I figure out how to cross the downed tree across the path, which I now think may have been used by Dennis, so I should protect myself from contact.

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Having accomplished that, I look up and spot a pussy willow tree. A huge tree reaching the sky, loaded with buds.

I wonder why I feel the need to write this, and I think it’s for myself. I live alone, with not even a pet at this point. Up until now, I’ve had some walking companions. We’ve kept a reasonable distance, but I’ve noticed I could smell the coffee or toothpaste on their breath as we talked. Which means we are not far enough apart. And now maybe even arms’ length isn’t enough. Who knows.

So, I leave my clothes that had touched the downed tree in my car when I return home. I’ve only covered two miles. But a lot of space in my head. I think there will be a lot more of that in the months to come.





Welcome to 2020: the year of clear vision

1 01 2020

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Welcome to the year 2020. Let it be a year of clear vision, not of hindsight nor of foresight, but in the present.

Let us remember as we stand at the ocean that it’s not the Atlantic or the Pacific or whatever other names we as humans have given them. The ocean is endless and it connects us all.

Let us remember that the air that we breathe circulates around the globe. The molecules we inhale may have come from Africa, or Antarctica, or Alaska, or Aruba.

Let us remember that the oxygen we breathe is here because plants convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into animal life-giving oxygen we inhale. It is a global cycle that allows life to continue on earth.

Let us remember to see the interconnections between us and everything else.

Let the year 2020 be a year of clear vision.

{with thanks to M2 for the inspiration]





Moving to BethLapin.com

14 11 2019

Much of the info that’s been posted here at HealingNatureCT will be moved to BethLapin.com

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Thanks.

Beth





Peoples State Forest and New Hartford Diner, CT

14 11 2019

img_8703We did it! The last of 14 hikes for the DEEP’s Sky’s the Limit challenge! Cold but sunny day!

People’s State Forest, Riverton, CT

New Hartford Diner, New Hartford, CT





Macedonia Brook SP and The Villager, Kent CT

8 11 2019

Cherry and I went out in a gray day to hike the hardest and the penultimate of the DEEP 2019 Sky’s the Limit Challenge sites. It was challenging on the way up, and daunting on the way down, as a slow drizzle moistened all the leaves and rocks.

We totally earned our yummy lunch at The Villager in Kent. Corn Chicken chowder, a Rueben and a chicken Philly steak with fries… yum!
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Mohawk Mountain SF, Cornwall, CT

15 10 2019

DEEP Sky’s the Limit hike — only two more for 2019!!

Beautiful day, nice foliage.

Lunch at the Goshenette; we forgot we ate there once before… we can try somewhere else next time.

Coming down to the finish line





Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown CT

1 10 2019

DEEP Sky’s the Limit site:

Lunch at Parke’s Place, Ledyard
Freshly boned cod,corned beef sliced onsite
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