|The woods along the Prairie River Dam|
|Dispersed camp site in the Chippewa Forest|
|Big Jack Lake|
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”
Henry David Thoreau said all these words (and many more which you can find on this page).
Sometimes, when I get really stressed or overwhelmed, I long for the places in the pictures above. Those places are my solitude. They are my very own hidden, special places where I can unwind, recollect, let go, worship, sit, breathe, pray, thank, and just exist with nothing going on around me or within me.
I almost got attacked by two HUGE wolves when I was standing by that tent. After a heart pounding stare-down, I gave them a few minutes to run off...then sprinted the half-mile to my car, jumped in, and locked the doors (just in case wolves could use door handles). I sat there shaking. SHAKING. Then I started crying. And when the tears has been spent, a slow smile crept across my face. I had just encountered a beautiful, natural miracle. So, I got out of my car and walked back to my tent and stayed there through the night (but I won't lie and say that I slept even a wink)!
Anyway, just thinking about this place today. Would love to get back there soon.