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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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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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Spread some sunshine, today!

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Very early, the other day as I walked along the beach, a dear friend came to my mind, as he often does as I stroll along with my thoughts. I was loving the quiet full silence as I looked out over the water. A lobster boat was slowly moving along, hauling in trap after trap, and a few gulls dipped in and out of the smooth surfaced water diving for the remains being cast overboard. I so wanted to share that moment with you, I thought.  The calmness of the water, reflected the tranquility I was feeling–not one ounce of turbulence below, considering my crazy schedule this time of year.  This was one of those rare times when I was exactly where I wanted to be, with the perfect person in my heart, doing what I wanted to be doing. I was feeling what I loved feeling — at peace and  very safe. j.a.s.

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Our three days of sheeting rains have finally blown out to sea…

So, off for my walk I went. I was beginning to feel a little stir crazy stuck in the house.  The dory down in the river was just about holding its own and plenty of water. The sun was just breaking through the clouds and it was pretty balmy for our neck of the woods. A real treat  from Mother Nature.

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After a long walk along the beach, I crossed over the dunes and into the woodlands before heading up to the farm.  My first real walk since the surgery, but it felt great being out there again strolling along my favorite paths.  The ‘bittersweet’ ending to yet another fabulous season. I snapped the last of any natural color we’ll be seeing here for the next few months along the way…. the rose hips, juniper berries and the bittersweet brambles, and then onto my final destination.. the farm, pulling the last of the cabbage, horseradish, kale and spinach. This time of the year I’m always torn with mixed emotions.  As much work that the farm entails, and a good rest I surely could use.. I’ll still miss it every day until Spring. Winter well, farm… you’ve more than served me well.

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And when I returned home, in my mailbox I found my 2017 Johnny’s Seed catalog! Timing.. as they say is everything. 🙂

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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi

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‘ if I had a flower for each time I thought of you…. I could walk through my garden, forever.’

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