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Well it looks like Old Man Winter has finally arrived here today, and putting the kibosh on garden chores for the day. The forecasters are calling  for a 100% chance of snow straight through, til tomorrow.  And while the accumulation may not be huge, only five or six inches… the 32 degree temps are making for slick roads here already. 😦 so I walked early this morn and then up to the farm for some fresh eggs just as the fields were about covered in that blanket of white stuff.  I had to laugh watching farmer Matt coaxing this young calf back to the barn.

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I was glad I pulled some root crops and kale yesterday… so today will be a perfect day for a long slow simmering stew and I’m glad to be home to make it and out of the hospital, finally.  The new diabetic diet has been both challenging and frustrating for me 😦 and I can’t help but wish we were back in June or July when veggies are plentiful to me and at my fingertips… sigh. 

But, snow or no snow, tonite the tree lighting along with caroling in the village will take place and then the bonfire down on the beach will follow, to warm us all up. And I suppose, the new fallen snow will make a pretty backdrop for the festivities… I’ll just leave the shoveling til tomorrow.

 

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Stunning rise this morning… my fave color.

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As I walked along one of my regular routes today, I spotted a younger couple building a ‘cairn’ out on the rocky outcropping that overlooks the Atlantic.

In our neck of the woods, stone cairns seem to be on the increase, especially along our Marginal Way–and for many, are being built as a remembrance, or as a spiritual guide, or to symbolize a journey meaningful only to themselves. All along our rocky coastline you’ll find many rock cairns… right on up to Acadia National Park.

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Though some may find them quite beautiful, myself among them… because as I walk along the trail spotting one, they make me pause and wonder about the party that built it.. and why. What was the motivation or significance of leaving their mark here?

Traditionally, to me, rock cairns were built to help guide  hikers along the trails–either inland trails, or the many beautiful coastal trails our state offers and are still used in our local state parks, for specifically that purpose. Today, though sadly, many of these guiding stone markers are being destroyed, while others are being randomly erected that have no guiding purpose–and that’s not a good thing. Building false cairns could lead a new hiker in the wrong direction, and could even get people into trouble, harming them 😦 which I don’t think anyone would want to see happen–especially due to a lack of understanding.

I don’t believe the hundreds of thousands of visitors we see here each summer, understand the true purpose of a a guiding stack of rock cairns.  Maybe we need to educate them further. Or maybe–we need to put a mandatory stop to their construction altogether.   I’m just not certain what the best answer is.. or how it can be resolved. But in the meantime.. I’ll photograph my favorites as I have, for many years gone by.

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Usually, Maggie and Alby ( ayup, I name all my sea loving buddies) come to greet me when I’m out there paddling around and swim along side of me.  I bring them frozen mackerel.  Yesterday, was a lazy one for them though….  they just wanted to loll about catching the rays, awaiting the outgoing tide.

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Such a beautiful morning here in Maine that it’s hard to believe there is so much destruction going on to the far south of us. Mother Nature is on a rampage and yet, we are blessed with blue skies, sunshine, and safety. Home is dusty and dishes need to be done, but in the scheme of things…. thankfully intact and I am truly grateful…. while seeking ways to help my loved ones and dear friends down in harm’s way.
Hold on tight WPB ❤ 😦 Prayers coming your way. Be safe! Bet you readers feel the same.

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