Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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October 17, 2021

Happy Birthday, Tessa!

   
 ... this entry is a bit overdue ... i've been somewhat off the grid of late, in part a malaise permeating these days of the covid, but also because i've been assessing and then reassessing some of the ways i communicate with the world in general and all of you in particular ... more on this in the near future ...

... i drove over to new hampshire so tessa and i could help her celebrate her birthday ...

... first stop was to pick up supplies for the day ... chutters, of course, which was an initiation for this wonderful child ...
      
    
... chutters experts provided tessa with advice ...
 
    
 
     ... making sure there's no hole in the bottom of the bag ...
  

... "yaaaaaaa, happy birthday to me" ...
  
   
... next was a ride up the mountain in a little cable car ...
  

... from the peak was a remarkable view of the valley ...
  

... we than strolled the trail to the "boulder maze" ... huge rocks, many larger than houses, glacier tumbled and jumbled and then strewn along the side of peak, between and below which the resort constructed an elaborate hiking/walking/crouching/crawling trail ... this picture is not tilted ...
  

... for this one i skipped ahead on the bypass trail ...
  

... while watching a couple rehearse their nuptials we enjoyed our lunch at a little wedding amphitheater overlooking the valley ...
  

... niece and aunt, most absolutely destined to be b.f.f. ...
  

... back at the house i explored again sarah's greenery ...
  



  

... for me, perhaps a tiny bit of bittersweet to this wonderful image ...
  

... i know that making the day about tessa was your present to yourself, so happy-happy-happy birthday, adrien ...