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This has been the winter that won't quit. And, it has been the year that I haven't been able to take my usual "sunny break trips." When we had another few inches of snow on April 8. I looked at the tracks left by early spring birds and comforted myself saying, it looks and feels like January but the "sunny break" is bound to be just days away.
While I wait I've been reading Rachel Naomi Remen's book "Kitchen Table Wisdom." I restarted my ...
... a hand
And chaining a soul.
And you learn
That love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn
That kisses aren’t compromises
And presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of a woman or man
Not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your loads on today
Although it took 11 hours to get from DC to Randolph, it was A LOT better than flying since we would still be waiting for our flight today I bet. We scooted out of DC just as THE BIGGEST STORM EVER was coming in. Didn't really see much snow at all on the way up but Amtrack did cancel all northbound trains the next day.
So you know how the train goes - sway sway, choo choo, read, sleep, eat, stand up and stretch - repeat. But it was a bit surprising ...
... to the right and from there we had only 0.6 miles left to the summit. Piece of cake? Not quite. Despite the low mileage left to get to the top, this turned out to be the most exhausting part due to the fact that by then my level of energy had diminished combined with the need to expend much higher level of energy to scramble over the rocks while trying to maintain ...
... and we had a great visit catching up with the Smith clan. I was delighted to see how Adam had evolved from the fun loving, mischievous boy-next-door into a wonderful, caring husband and father. Adam was solidly rooted in his Vermont home and community.
We drove back ...