I was told that at Pine Grove Furnace, recent Big Foot hunters were “afoot”. Well as I walked into Perry County, I found a very incriminating foot print. It stopped me in my “tracks”. I have to show this to Zach and Jay, two Sasquatch would be hunters. Maybe they will know what to make of it. Or maybe I have been out in the woods too long.
I found an old abandoned vehicle that looks like it wrapped itself around a tree and knew I must be close to Perry County. For an early lunch I sat on a cement abutment on the edge of the road. When I got up, it felt like a walking zombie. My joints ached like never before on flat but muddy ground. I worried about how long I could go. It took about an hour of hobbling over the next hill before my legs loosened up. Epson Salts, I said, STAT! Getting to familiar ground at our Aunt’s house and seeing my cousin’s and nephew’s, and “grand nephew” was special. Chicken Corn soup topped with strawberry pie reminded me of home. I remember my grandson used to say on a regular basis, “this is the best day of my life” and now I find myself saying the same thing, first when I got together with old friends, now when I got together with family. I teared up several times, but this time because I was filled with joy. Talking with my cousin’s made me realize how important time is and that it takes time and lots of it to grow a deep and abiding love. It takes patience to realize that young boys become strong dads, and wisdom to know how important family truly is. They too are part of this journey, not just my walk to Katadin but my walk back being whole again.