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August 8, 2008 - The hike was strenuous but not enough to prevent me from enjoying it immensely. We hiked and we swam and we gathered wood and then everyone fell asleep as it started to rain. I want to save my friends as they are right now… all together, asleep under the roof of the lean-to. We are far away from everything and all that is left is what’s important - friends, a warm fire and some snacks. Thor and Manny lay in the sun, tired after a long day of exploring. Everything is still as the rain twinkles on the lake. In the lean-to, names carved by past guests… “Kyle and Dad” makes me smile. The smoke from the campfire billows into the lean-to and as it hits my face I smile to know that my clothes will hold the scent after the trip and give me one more chance to live this time before laundry day.

August 9, 2008 - The mountain air is refreshing and the summer sun warms my legs as they hang over the edge of the lean-to. Bitsy and I stay at the campsite while the rest go to the beaver dam. I seize the opportunity to bathe in the lake and as I stand, naked, on the rocks I am filled with feelings of contentment. The stillness of the lake is calming and I can’t help but smile a little. I look at my initials on the floor of the lean-to, carved the night before… a little piece of me to leave behind. All these initials, we all have this place in common… and now my friends and I. We meld together a little more each day. These people are becoming a piece of who I am. Weekends like this… this time together is more valuable than anything else. I still feel sad sometimes that Corey and I are not together, but up here it doesn’t matter… we are all together. I wish that I could stay here forever like this but I know that big changes are on the horizon. For now though I am calm and at peace… things are easy. We leave tomorrow but I’m not worried about it yet… we have the whole night ahead of us.


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  1. Catherine on December 7, 2008 5:35 pm

    I like your site, Amy. Stumbled on it while researching Middle Settlement Lake … but found a lot more. I think so many of us think, feel, and go through all of the things you are/have … and we all will continue to do so. Life is an amazing journey - damn challenging at times - but also interesting and quite a hike!! I’m sure I’ll be back.

    R. Catherine Smith
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