My escape from the world is woodworking. To me, this defines the connection between man and nature in so many ways.
Anyone who knows me knows I often jump at the opportunity to engage in heady conversations about philosophy, religion, science, evolution…aliens. I personally love trying to weave together the big questions (frankly, they’re all one in the same – but THAT is a conversation to be had on barstools over pints) and I find it…
Even if you don’t agree with the Nutria management techniques in place, it’s hard not to admire what the Harlan siblings (and their dedicated staff) are doing to make this situation better—they’ve created a silver lining in a scenario that seemed rather dark.
This past July I had the privilege of taking a 10 day canoe trip in some of the most pristine wilderness on our continent, Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Can you imagine being able to simply dip your water bottle in the lake when you were thirsty? It was a humbling remembrance of what modern industry and society has destroyed in the majority of lakes and rivers. Oh sweet boundary waters, so pure and revitalizing! And let me tell ya, there’s something about paddling ~65 miles with a group of strangers and portaging with an 80 pound canoe on your shoulders through the rugged Quetico terrain that really changes you.
I woke up early this morning to witness a celestial wonder: a lunar eclipse. But not just any lunar eclipse, a full 1. And not just any full lunar eclipse, but a red 1. AND not just any red full lunar eclipse, but 1 that’s part of a tetrad – an uncommon series of 4 lunar eclipses that occur over a 2-year period. AND (last 1 I swear) not only was it a red full lunar eclipse included in a tetrad, but it also participated in a scarcely seen event called a selenelion- the opportunity to view a blood moon and sunrise simultaneously.