Wednesday, October 15, 2014


This time last week I was waking up
at my favorite campsite in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

The previous night's walk around Little Pond.

Another Henslowe Shawl in the works,
this one is made with naturally dyed merino from the region.

A cold night with touches of frost the next morning.

Morning coffee

I sat on a small suspension bridge and knitted for a while.

The night was full of visitors as the moon was just a day from being full.
Two types of owls called, mice jumped and tried to burrow under my tent,
a fox answered the coyotes howl/bark at the moon and a raccoon tried desperately
to crawl into my tent with me!  The bears stayed away.

xo, j

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

appalachian trail

Four days into my vacation and I'm finally feeling like myself again.
Today I took two different walks along the Appalachian Trail.

Yes, as indicated by the white blaze to the left, the trail 
continues through a boulder field.

The view from Bake Oven Knob.
I haven't been here since I was a teenager, it's always so busy.
Too many people for me to stick around so I headed a bit South.

On my way down a head to head encounter with a very large black snake.
We paused to consider each other then I tapped my walking stick on a rock
and he slowly left the trail, soon to be hibernating I'm sure.

The State Game Lands below Hawk Mountain.
An hour's walk up and forty-five minutes down.

Late lunch creekside.
A thousand gnat veil kept me from lingering.

Yes, I'm feeling much like myself again.
xo, j