Sunday, June 24, 2012:
Sarah Ban Breathnach made this term famous. Her 1990's book was a mega-hit, targeted specifically toward women. Well, I'm man enough to draw relevance from her philosophy regardless. Her web site is subtitled 'A return to Comfort and Joy'. That's what today was for me.
I was off the trail for four days - zero's I would rather not have been obligated to take. I made the best of them, buying a spare pair of trail runners that I like a lot (used them all day today), and I had a chance to visit the ATC office in Harper's Ferry. That was the locus of both the highest high and the lowest low of my four days away from *where I belong*. It's where I learned of the untimely drowning of my trail friend Paul ('Parkside') Bernhardt at Pierce Pond, Maine, barely ten to twelve days away from finishing his thru-hike. I posted about Paul in detail yesterday.
And no wonder the lot was packed - Little Rock Pond is a pretty spot, and the walk to it follows babbling streams nearly all the way.
And since I'm partial to waterfalls, I probably got more pleasure out of this ever-moving, noisy venue than the static, silent 'post card' shot from the summit - this is just below where the trail crosses Bully Brook:
And that little pool at the bottom was oh-so-inviting on this warm sunny day. Yes, I was back among nature's Simple Abundance ... A most welcome return to my Comfort and Joy.
Here's a map of today's hike, with an irrelevant straight line thrown in, and a link to more photos:
AT Day 158 - Little Rock Pond at EveryTrail
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