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  • November 06, 2017
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I spent a long weekend in the Central Adirondacks with a group of friends. It was exactly what I needed, the catching up, the laughter, and especially, those mountains surrounding me.

Day two began with a power outage that lasted most of the morning, and we fortified ourselves with cold cereal and muffins. By the afternoon, everyone was out, either hiking on trails, puttering along the lakes in a motor boat, or hanging out in their own cabins. I sat at the table in my cabin and began writing. The mountain facing me radiated absolute quiet but not silence. Peace steeped my bones, and my pen worked diligently across the page.

There wasn’t time to do a lot of writing, but that moment of solitude and clarity was the spark. At least it worked better than me trying to light the fireplace. For the record, what you’re seeing in the photo below is the newspaper burning. Alas, the logs were too damp to catch on. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

There isn’t much more to say except yes, it was hard to leave.

But here’s someone who was glad to see me when I returned home. And thankfully, the writing spark is still going strong.

6 Comments
  • Kathy Karch • November 6, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Ahhhhhh…. allow me a moment to live vicariously, J.M. Your weekend getaway sounds soul-settling. And how great that you were able to do that with friends. Were you writing by hand out of choice or necessity (what with the power outage and all)? Thanks for the post and for the pics.

    • J. M. Levinton • November 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      I have almost every electrical device known to humans and cats but can’t get myself to buy a laptop. Given the power outage, that was a good thing! But when I’m up there I try to unplug as much as possible.

      Glad you enjoyed!

  • Marie MacBryde • November 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

    So that’s your story, heh? LOL! Glad the spark caught on though and that you’re now on fire! Awww, what a sweet Frankie blue eyes.

    • J. M. Levinton • November 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you!

  • Jan • November 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Looks like Lake George. Last time I was there in the fall everything was closed for the winter!

    • J. M. Levinton • November 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I was an hour past that. But I did drive through Warrensburg on the way home and picked up some cheeses for a friend and smoked salmon for me from Oscar’s Smokehouse. 😀

      The season closes Oct. 15 so even the Adirondacks Museum was closed. But it was nice seeing the area the way the locals do.

      The one rule I learned years ago is to always have a full tank of gas up there. I hadn’t realized that GAS stations run on electric and a power outage can keep us there! LOL

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