We spent the first night of our journey at campsite 13 in Michaux State Forest, PA. As we were walking in, I noticed a small cluster of fungus sunbathing in a shaft of sunlight. It was like seeing the Red-spotted Purple Admiral (Limenitis arthemis) feeding on the pile of dog crap as I walked outside to turn off the main water line just before we left the house for the last time. The juxtaposition of something so beautiful, so fragile yet so defiant in the face of what could be considered a significant challenge. Life throws a lot at you, enough to overwhelm at times but it is your response to such that determines the outcome. 

"Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth." 

- Bradley Whitford




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