“Today we bid a very fond farewell to three of our amazing cast members: Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Hill and Erika Henningsen. It has been an honor to share the stage with these three gloriously talented, joyful, hilarious, exceptional artists. Best of luck in everything your futures hold - you will always be a part of this family. We love you! Let’s give them some extra love and a proper send off, Mizzies! #LesMizBway”
It’s amazing how many times I can take a bike ride on the rail trail and completely miss something so obvious and compelling, only to look up one evening for some odd reason and see it standing right before my eyes. The old woods along the trail don’t give up their secrets easily, but the history of this region is always nearby if you’re paying attention. Tonight, I discovered yet another disembodied chimney that was once the living heart of a long-lost homestead. I have to wonder why the chimney is always the last structure standing, long after the rest of the house has disappeared from the face of the earth. Perhaps the rest of the house is just easier to recycle for building materials. In any event, I felt really strange as I explored the area around the chimney tonight, like the weathered stone was watching my every move, suspicious that I might disturb the artifacts scattered about its foundation or the hard-won peace that has finally settled over this land. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I do think old places can leave an impression on the land, like a reflection on the surface of a river, a residue of the world as it once was. The old chimney certainly left an impression on me.
Look at all my stupid JMT panos.
I’m crying. I have this jittery antsy feeling, like I have to get back out somehow. I’m Tom hanks in castaway when he’s returned to civilization. I keep planning trips. I’m ready to wander again.
Someone today told me that I am happier and lighter than when they first met me in the spring. The summer changed me, because I got out from under the dark clouds of my ended relationship. I found peace. I want to stride forward with that.