Twenty nine point three

Favorite Tree

In the astronomical sense, Autumn has been here for awhile, at least several weeks. This morning was first frost/freeze ~ 29.3 degrees. Back in the day, it seemed to be earlier in the calendar year. Sometimes late August/early September. First frost is Autumn in the meteorological sense. Sensitive plants die. As they did last year and will do again next year. The trees are more sensitive/responsive to the shortening of daylight. Their leaves and needles are littering the lawn. Today will now be last mowing of the season. It will be a high mow so as to not weaken the plants that make up the lawn. In other words, the lawn is not pure grass, but it is mostly pure green, soon to be all brown. After today’s mowing, leave raking is next = very good whole body exercise.

“For me, a writer should be more like a lighthouse keeper, just out there by himself. He shouldn’t get his ideas from other people all around him.”RMPirsig

Until next time, from the house at the edge of the forest.

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Autumn in Maine

Personally, I like the word Autumn v Fall for this season. Fall has several connotations – water falls, falling leaves, fallen.

Autumn has one singular meaning. Like spring, (okay several connotations!), autumn is a transitional season. Winter & Summer mark the extremes at either end of the transitions.

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Freedom to the Hills

Good advice from Garry Harrington, author of Chasing Summits.

Take stock of your own life, as I did mine more than a decade ago. Rediscover your own earlier dreams and the courage to take the action required to make them happen. I did, and you can, too. It’s not too late.

It’s time to take stock.

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Freedom of the Hills

This will be a new feature here on the Maine Forest Cafe. The purpose of this feature will be to document my return to hiking the hills. Freedom of the Hills is the title of a book I read way back in the day. It is more about mountaineering than about hiking. My goal is to return the White Mountains of New Hampshire to hike the 48 peaks above 4,000 feet ASL. These are abbreviated as the NH4K.

Over the past four or so decades, some of the NH4Ks have been summited. These include, in no particular order, Hale, Zealand, North Twin, Owls Head, Flume-Lafayette-Lincoln, North & South Hancock, Tecumseh, Canon, Tom-Field-Avalon, Waumbeck, Monroe, Jefferson & Washington. There is at least one or two more that may take awhile to remember. 18 so for.

To start the quest, I will be training with some hiking. A good local trail is the Bradbury-Pineland Connector Trail up to the summit of Bradbury Mountain. The good news is that this trail is only five minutes from the house.

Sign along the Lawrence Road.

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Land Yacht

RV’s get decorated. Some more than others. We keep our decorations low key – some robust party lights on the awning, an American Flag flying high off of the back, and now these nautical signal flags. From left to right, they signal GETAWAY.

I know, easily and creatively amusing.

GETAWAY is in the shop right now for some more ten year maintenance – steps overhaul, awning arm replacement and a tear in one of the slide-out gaskets. Hopefully, the gasket can be patch repaired and it will resolve the mysterious rain leaking into the carpet concern.

The next trip isn’t until the end of next month. This time, a getaway to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Hope to get in a 4K dash and continue FotH initiative (which is another blog pending.)