"the mountains are calling, and I must go."
Well, the Adirondack mountains of Northern New York are calling, so Erin and I will be heading up that way for the majority of the coming week, departing from Wellsboro, PA tomorrow morning.
We are hoping to get a look at moose as well as black-backed woodpecker and maybe even a Bicknell's thrush.
We have plans to hike to the peaks of the mountains that go by the name Whiteface, Cascades, and Giant.
Last year we had an incredible experience hiking to Algonquin peak, and that was in October after the ice and snow had started flying in the high peak regions. The weather should be much more favorable this year!
While I'm away I'll be taking this as an opportunity to step away from the busyness of life, to relax, to be refreshed by the beauty of wildlife and wild spaces and to enjoy my time in the mountains with Erin.
I'll be taking a break from blog posts for the week too.
I think we all could use a retreat from time to time, for the sake of maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being...to find balance and to be refreshed and loved by the Spirit of God who breathes new life into us.
Until we return...
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me...breathe new life into these lungs, this body, this mind, this heart. Amen.
(Here is a photo of Algonquin Peak from last year's hike in the ADK)