Ragged Mountain Preserve

One of my recent reads is Hilaire Belloc’s “The Path to Rome,” which is the account of his walking pilgrimage from southern France to Italy in the early 1900’s. Not a bad read, though I’m only midway through. But today it inspired me enough today to get off the couch and get outdoors. And I’m really glad I did.

I’d heard of Ragged Mountain Preserve in Berlin, Connecticut a while back, but I couldn’t have picked a better day to go. The sun was out, not a cloud in the sky, and as it was the first day above mid 40 in a few weeks, the hikers were out in force.

Maybe also from literary inspiration, I decided to ditch my camera for my sketchpad, thought maybe with mixed results as Ragged Mountain had some of the cooler rock formations I’d seen along the East Coast, and it would’ve been nice to get some camera shots in. One in particular caught my eye that the sketch really couldn’t do justice.

At about the one mile mark, I came across a memorial marker that was both heartbreaking and inspiring. It was a memorial to Darin Findley, an avid rock climber who died of a brain hemorrhage while scaling the cliffs in 2003. While reading the laminated note left by his mother, I was struck by her faith and perspective. I can only imagine dealing with the sudden death of a loved one like that has to be terrible, but her faith in God’s mercy and providence was beautiful to read. In the end, he died doing something he loved to do, and it’s hard to imagine a better fate than that.



Let the Madness Begin

Well it’s March again, and for the VOD and WatchESPN teams at the four letter, it only means one thing: Basketball (insert obligatory 4 game shot of screens).

In all fairness, it’s a well deserved reward for all of the hard work the teams put into their NCAA Basketball products before the mandatory tournament “code freeze” goes into effect. As well, this year we had quite pot-luck spread: wings, dips, meatballs, chips, cookies, veggies, fruit… and best of all, pizza. Almost takes the sting from my busted bracket.

But I’m having a conundrum: with VCU and Georgetown now out of the mix, I really don’t have a horse in this race. So who to root for… Coach Larranaga and Miami (gasp)? Gonzaga?? Michigan??? Or maybe it’s just time to throw my attention towards Baseball and  warm thoughts of Spring and Summer to come. Hmm…

Let’s go O’s!