Dated 8/22/09 There are moments that are essential to take in completely, that are so wonderful that just grasping them for a second can sustain you for a good long time. The moment is perfect. Food for the soul and all that sort of corny stuff. We have just backpacked in about 6 miles or so in 4+ hours. 9 people, 3 dogs and 2 goats. We were approaching that point of fatigue where some are saying, "press on", others saying"I could stop now", but all really needing for the journey to end for the day before major crankiness sets in. We press on but then the woods, in its infinite generosity, provides magic. We are given the perfect stopping point with plenty of room for camping, a fire pit, and best of all, a mountain stream that pools perfectly for swimming in water that is bracing but refreshing. After a dip, you are slightly chilled but the surrounding rocks warm you just right. We are home for the night. Everyone knows that this is just right, we are happy and life gets no better when we gaze at the surrounding beauty.
We are recently unemployed and plan to "ride out the recession" hitting the road as gypsies in our VW campervan named Ruby Grace. Home is St. Louis, MO. Destination is into the great wide open.... full info