I got back from leading 2 retreats at Pyramid Life Center about 9 days ago.
It is always so beautiful up there, and the weather could not have been better. Not too hot, not too cold, and NO BUGS! No mosquitoes, black flies, deer flies…it was like Heaven. And the people I spent the time with were awesome…some I’ve known since I started up there years ago (2015 was my 10th year presenting) and some new people come in each year. The loons were not as noisy this year and I only saw one from my observation point but those who got out on the water saw 2-3 of them.
Pyramid Lake is not too far from the High Peaks area…up around Paradox and is one of only 2 “pure” lakes in the Adirondack Mountains. Meaning, not affected by acid rain. Great care is taken to make sure any incoming canoes or kayaks are sanitized before going out on the lake, to protect against invasive species. I heard also that the fishing was excellent as well this year. I miss being able to get out in the kayaks or out on the trails like I used to but there is still a lot to see and do. Life abounds there, and the area (over 700 acres) is in fairly pristine conditions.
And the evenings…pure magic. The air was soft and smelled of the mountains. On clear nights the view of the sky, even with the guide lights along the pathways, is spectacular. These photos are only a small glimpse of the beauty that surrounds you. It’s tough work doing the retreats there but someone has to do it. And I am more than happy to oblige.
There comes the day though when you have to come down off the mountain. Back to the busy everyday life but that’s not so bad either. A balance in life is vital, and we all need wild areas as well as the community areas to keep life interesting.
John Muir wrote: “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.“
Take some time to find YOUR “mountain.”