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Near The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park.

To my friends on this journey, we arrived home last evening and I had enough time to compile these short videos and upload them before heading to dream land.

For the next two days, I will be home, catching up a bit on blogs, writing, getting into a bit of a routine, before heading off to the sanctuary – where it will be a personal / working retreat.

It’s changed in focus slightly in light of the northeast trip, but for good reason: I was wholly inspired to write, write, write!

I think I was supposed to cross paths with Henry David Thoreau. I talk about it more in the video on Franconia Notch State Park – I stood where he stood, AND it was his birthday AND we passed through a town called Walden when we were headed to our next destination.

The writing bug has hit, and I am struck: blissfully, unexpectedly, and I’m going with it.

I’m journaling so much about these travels and meditations and I will publish in book form to go with all the things I intend to publish under the LIFE Project.

In the meantime, please enjoy these short forays into my journey of the past 11 days. In the next couple of weeks, I will have regular access to the internet and will be able to post and respond regularly.

It was both a blessing that I didn’t have hardly any access to the Internet the past 11 days, but also difficult because I so wanted to share photos and videos. All in its own time, right?

What an incredible journey, there’s still more, and EVERYONE should do journeys like these at least once a year.

One of our first stops:

Newport Tower. We’d spent the day after meeting the famed Clark (hi, Clark!) from the Wakefield Doctrine driving in the rain. Normally I welcome the peaceful mood the rain brings – the sounds invite contemplation. Unfortunately, it was such a downpour, I felt rather baptized by the heavy clouds of Newport, which left me feeling less than contemplative. Ah, well. It was still incredible:

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Bar Harbor, Maine. We headed to Acadia National Park – a beautiful place! – and then hiked Cadillac Mountain, and went to my almost-alma-mater: College of the Atlantic. I once was offered a full scholarship to this beautiful place, but turned it down because I was unsure of what I wanted to major in. Their only major is human ecology.

Funny…if I knew then what I know now….

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At McClellan Park in Milbridge, ME, and Acadia National Park.

I met some of the most friendly, interesting people at this park, not to mention getting a chance to have a contemplative cup of tea by the sea. We loved it here so much that weΒ doubled the time we spent there: instead of two days, we spent five days and four nights in Maine.

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After Maine, we headed to New Hampshire. We stayed at a free camp spot that was beautiful and remote, and then headed to Franconia Notch State Park where I discovered that Henry David Thoreau loved to spend his time.

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We made our way to Vermont and checked out Bartlett Falls near the small town of Lincoln:

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And stayed in the town of Stowe – not because it was a “sacred” place, but because I’d always heard amazing things about it. Unfortunately, it rained so much that we couldn’t climb Mt. Mansfield – which IS said to be a sacred place.

And so it is with life: we might intend to do something, but if it’s not in the cards, don’t dwell and take in whatever else life is offering right then.

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Our final stop before heading back to North Carolina was in the Adirondacks, near a large pond. It was peaceful Β and we would have liked to stay more than just one night, but alas, we needed to get home. Some of the photos I took with my phone looked like paintings – at least that’s what I thought when I looked at them.

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