Into the Woods
Originally uploaded by jeremysullivan.
My time in Jackson was exactly what I needed. I spent a lot of time being still: sitting on the couch listening to entire CD's in one sitting, having good conversation over a cup of coffee or a pale ale, and evening watching few meaningful movies. To use a phrase that isn't my own, "I feel very wealthy", and not in the traditional sense.
The reference to the word "wealthy" comes from my cousin Kevin. He has chosen to live very contrary to the American Dream and I admire him greatly for it. He will be my next familiar face whom I will visit in Helena, MT. But it is through Kevin that I met Scott this weekend. Scott and I connected on a number of levels and I'm very thankful for his openess to total hospitality from the moment I met him. Last night one of his neighbors came over and we were all hanging out. She asked, "How long have you known one another?" And we couldn't believe it was only two days. I'm glad we had the time to share our lives for a stint
Scott and I sat down and planned out my trip through Yellowstone over this next week. It's great to have the advice of someone who dedicates most of his days to teaching about the very land that I wil be wandering through. He stocked me with some good trail maps and bear spray...so I feel ready. At the end of the week I plan to meet up with Scott and some of his friends in North Yellowstone for a music festival. From their I will head to Helena for some time and at that point my parents will meet up with me on Sept 17. We will then decide to continue north towards Glacier and west to Washington - or - cut southwest to Oregon...pending the weather.
As I spend time in some in the wild protected land of this state, I will continue to pray for the devastated land of Camden and the people who have been disconnected from it. I will be off the radar screen for a bit but I continue to ask for your prayers. This week will be lighter on the biking, which will allow me to explore on foot. The achilles is healing slowly but surely.