We had a great adventure at Swallow Falls Maryland this morning trekking down and up the trails on a cool, sunny Maryland summer’s day – reminding me that sometimes there is more to the summers here than humidity. (http://www.mgs.md.gov/esic/features/swallow.html) The park was the handiwork of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Men who needed work in desperate times were given an opportunity to use or learn engineering skills as well as craftsmanship. What could we accomplish with such a commitment to renovation, discipline and creativity? But I digress.
We had the endurance to keep up with our kids!
All the weeks of early morning or late evening walking around our neighborhood prepared me to keep moving. Still, walking on level sidewalks didn’t prepare my hips and knees for scrambling up and down rocky paths. But it was glorious – walking in an ancient forest of white pines and white rhododendrons, gazing up at massive sedimentary rocks from which smaller trees sprouted, listening to sounds of an unseen waterfall – catching glimpses of our grandkids scampering ahead with their dad – and reaching out to grab hold our daughter’s hand to steady ourselves – it was a jewel of a day!
Oscar Wilde wrote that, “Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.”(The Importance of Being Earnest)Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~Saul Bellow