A few weekends ago I found a treasure while chilling in a bookstore, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville. Ironically, I was in the bookstore with friends precisely because the weather was blustery and we needed to get out of the house so as to not feel like caged animals. I hesitated in buying the book, but my friend wisely asked why I was hesitating (aka: a mental kick). Last weekend was the first use of the book – a beautiful 6 mile hike off of the Natchez Trace. We had the trail to ourselves as we hiked through forest and beside a stream (where we caught a turtle). Then we sat on the top of a hill where we spent hours reading in a hammock. In a day, this book became a favorite. I do not think that there is anything revolutionary in the book, but it takes away the excuse, or makes easy, the quick escape into nature. In the future, I shall hunt for such a book when I move to a new city.
I keep thinking about carving out time to write here, and as of late is seems to remain that – a thought. So here it is Friday night and I am sitting listening to a band I just discovered and the hums and bangs of a friend working in the wood shop – all with a computer on my lap. This is closest I have had to down time that did not necessitate lying comatose in front of the television or in a bubble bath since I posted here a month ago. It has been a busy time.
Last week, Blood:Water Mission celebrated the completion of the 1000 Wells Project – the project that launched the organization 6 years ago. There was all sorts of fanfare, which culminated in the Well:Done Celebration – a concert with four bands, videos, and guests from Africa and America. A first for the organization, and it took more than a small piece of effort to pull together. There was the preparation for, then the pulling off of the event, and then the recovery. I am almost through the recovery.
In some ways, I wish I could say that it is all going to get quiet and boring in the next weeks and months. But, that is not really how I work or what this time of life is about. Besides, if it got slow I would be cooking up little “adventures”. June 1, I head back to Africa – once again to cities – for two weeks. Then, I am state-side for the summer. There are weddings and camping trips and friends to be seen. And, yes, I will find time to write about the adventures and musings on life and development. I hope you enjoy the journey of the summer that is coming up. For right now, it is time to return to my book and get some sleep.