Thanks Carl. A super article about Trees and Life.
For over 2 decades this secret valley has my destination of retreat, and can be located a mere 15 minute walk through some pine reforestation on the outskirts of Hillsdale where I live.
I enter it very respectfully, being fully aware it is in the hands of private ownership. Being extremely careful not to leave any trace of my presence, I will exit a slightly different route than I entered. Throughout the different seasons, the places I enter and exit will vary, lest a trail will start to develop, which would draw attention to my intrusion.
For over 22 years I have come here, ever since my wife and I moved to Hillsdale, and when my oldest, who is going on 23, was a baby. This valley has been my place of retreat, a refuge, from the daily churn of hidebound life.
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