New Path

"Standing in A Burn Pile... " - Beth Adoette

Trail markers on a downed tree.

I have a favorite conservation trust site that I like to hike. I must admit, however, that each time go, I always take the same trail. I check on a little stone circle I set up behind a stone wall years ago and usually walk the little loop three times because it is fairly short.

Yesterday, walking out of the trail, I noticed many trees down and a few with trail markers. It seemed to be telling me to take another path, so I did. It was a long trail with challenging elevation, something hard to find living near sea level. There was lots of mud, skunk cabbage, and wild strawberry blossoms. Beautiful rewards for a challenging walk.

I can't help but feel the downed marker trees are appropriate for how many of us have been feeling during this pandemic. Our old paths have been disrupted and the trail markers are missing or turned upside down.

So I will take the fallen tree markers as a challenge and encourage you to be challenged in a good way as well. Challenge yourself to take a new path, hear new sounds, feel new empathy, reach out to connect to more people, be more open, be brave.

© Beth Adoette