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June 21st, 2005


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10:05 pm - Freedom
Today, I took off work a bit early to go see a movie (Sahara) with Tina.

Following the movie, I went to the bookstore to browse.

But this entry is not about those things.

It is about freedom.

On my way back home, I felt a familiar itch. My feet were unhappy, restless. Maybe it was talking to singingwren about tomorrow's hike. Maybe it was something else. I'll never know.

But my boots won out.

I made a crazy left turn off Henderson Rd. and into the neighborhood between High Street and the Olentangy River. I drove down and in front of a random house, parked the car, and jumped out.

Down the hill I went.

I crossed the Olentangy River on the Henderson Rd. bridge, near 315. I stepped off the bridge and onto the bike trail. Antrum Lake was my goal, but the setting sun didn't look promising. It was 8:30 already, and I was running on fumes.

I set off down the path, breathing in wildly. 'That scent,' I thought. 'That scent is clean.' That scent is the mixture of dirt and water that makes mud. Happy, deep river mud. It filled my lungs and gave my legs fuel.

I plunged into the hike with fast feet, singing along to the music in my head. "Who wouldn't want to be me?" I questioned. "Jimmy, there's still so much to be done," I reasoned.

I looked at my boots. No chance to get them more dirty today, it's been too dry. Look at them, though: the sole is separated, the inserts squeek. It's really true: the truest measure of a man is how long his boots last. Never trust a man with clean boots. A man's boots will keep him when he's down and out, and they'll always be there for him. My boots, ladies, always win.

I jumped up on a fence and walked along it for a while, laughing and smiling and my arms extended as if I were flying. I repeated some of the same phrases you see in this entry to myself, edited them aloud, and spoke them again.

I looked forward as I passed Bethel Rd. I was doing alright on sunlight for now, but that wouldn't last long. I kept walking.

I smiled at every person I met, watched a beautiful woman try an control her rollerblades with little success, and laughed at a kid chasing fireflies. I jumped on another fence and nearly fell into the creek below when I missed a step. I laughed with the young couple who came up behind me.

Finally, I turned a bend and came to the point I had to turn back. It was becoming darker, and if I didn't turn back now, most of my walk would be in the dark.

Something changes in you when you decide that the hike is over. A sort of mild depression sets in, and you start to drag your feet. You become cautious and wary of your surroundings.

I still jumped on the fences, I still caught fireflies, and I still sang songs, but it was sadder than my approach was. I wanted to keep going.

My soul is most free when my sole is on the ground.

But that brief moment of freedom was everything I wanted.

And when I came home, I thought I should share it with you.

Thanks.
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: "Last Mango in Paris", -JB

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From:bloodlikerain
Date:June 22nd, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
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estatic mike=hot and wonderfuly calming
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Erm, glad I could help?
From:red_sput
Date:June 22nd, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
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that sounded like fun, I think I might do that sometime:-p
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm still intending to walk Crater Lake sometime. Though it's looking a bit less like this year.
From:ceolnamara
Date:June 22nd, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
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My soul is most free when my sole is on the ground.

But that brief moment of freedom was everything I wanted.

And when I came home, I thought I should share it with you.


Beautiful, many thanks.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Doing what I can to help those who didn't walk yesterday :)
From:ceolnamara
Date:June 22nd, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Good stuff, dude. I had a neat experience with a city tree yesterday. I gave it a feel-up while I was pacing up and down Bob Hope Way while waiting for my mom to pick me up. That's as close to nature as I got. Some morning I want to walk the labrynth- but it needs to be once I've caught up on my sleep and don't wake up halfway through the night.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 22nd, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
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One of the cats jumped on me this morning. Hard. Knocked the air out of me around 5:30 AM.

I know the feeling of being woken up half-way through the night.
From:ceolnamara
Date:June 23rd, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
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Far be it for a cat not to have his way. I assume it was one of the boys, since statistically it's more likely (heh, I am learning something in class!!!)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 23rd, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
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And it was too heavy to be Infin.
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From:singingwren
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
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That's why I love ya, Mike.

Brilliant.

Hail the Mud-kin!
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
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It's not because I'm sexy and tall and handsome?

Damn. I need more superficial friends.

*grins*
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From:duriyah
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like it was a perfect walk. Thanks for sharing it with us. You are right about the moment when you decide to turn back...it becomes a bit sad and bittersweet after that.

I need to go for a walk soon.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Everyone needs to go for a walk soon :)
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From:deedeehopskotch
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
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p.s. I had to change the date that I will be in Columbus. Are you available on Sunday around lunch'ish? When one is in a wedding (woo bridesmaid dress), one should find out if there is a rehearsal dinner the day before (let's say Friday).. d'oh.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
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I'll be at ComFest then, but something might be doable.
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From:rhiannon76
Date:June 22nd, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
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*smile*
From:fred_smith
Date:June 22nd, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Hah! I seem to remember thinking of you and your hikes on my own bimble. That sounds beautiful. You are very lucky to be alive. Life is great.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 23rd, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't agree more.

Actually, maybe I could, if I had any idea what a bimble was.
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From:rfunk
Date:June 29th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)

spontaneous hiking

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I miss the Olentangy and its bike path....

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