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There wasn't a sound in the morning air. No wind to rustle the autumn leaves, no rain to patter on the pond. Only the sounds of Max & I shuffling along the quiet forest path. No twittering songbirds in the trees & no scampering squirrels gathering food for the long winter ahead. Looking about I remembered that old saying, "the lull before the storm." A saddened sort of feeling came over me as we meandered along the trail. Not quite the way we used to meander years ago when we were both younger. Max is aging & finding it harder to keep up now despite my own slower pace. I am saddened by inner thoughts & concerned for the quiet forest knowing it too has difficult winter storms ahead.
The rain held off all day so that was good for loading more things into the motorhome. I slipped up to Goderich this morning & picked up a few things at the grocery store we knew we wouldn't find in the States. Filled the van with gas for it's long winter's stay in the carport. All & all a moodily quiet day. This is our lull before the long journey ahead soon...............
Kelly & I in our travels like to head out on day trips that take us to places where we can walk, hike, & do a bit of rock scrambling . We're not really serious long distance hikers loaded with back packs nor are we into rock climbing as such. We're generally comfortable for maybe a 4 mile round trip hike, & rock scrambling to us is climbing over rock strewn trails & maybe the odd jaunt up on top of a bolder to have a look around. We generally like to go by ourselves because that way we can move at our own pace & enjoy our surroundings. I try to get a feel for where I am & that requires quiet thinking. I try to imagine & remember those who have gone before us.
The legendary Indian Chief Cochise, leader of the Chiricahua Apaches was one of those figures whose trails we walked upon in February of this year. Too follow in the footsteps of history has always been a favorite thing of mine. To walk the same trails & paths as historical figures I read about as a kid is very special to me. And here on these very paths we walked, the mighty Indian Chief Cochise & his band of mighty warriors had walked many moons before us.
The old dusty rock strewn trail leading into the Dragoon Mountains was long & steep at times as we headed out in search of what is known as the Cochise Stronghold. Our blog for that day is HERE & you can find our pictures for the Cochise trail in this WEB ALBUM. Come with us for a hike in the Dragoon Mountains of Arizona.
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