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Martinmas Views

I'm so glad I made the last minute call to invite some friends long on our lantern walk.  It was nice to share our tradition with someone, as we've done our most of our previous walks alone.  There was no wind and just enough chill to signal Winter's approach.  Spirits were high and eager to go.


Katherine, Jody and Chloe came along with us.  We made two stops on our way: one to visit Enid for a moment and one with our long-time next door neighbors.  The children wanted to do more, but Chloe was getting heavy and we didn't bring our mittens.  Next year, I said, we could set our sights higher.

Lantern on a Stick

Willow was the only one who used a stick this year and she did it so well.  We did collect some very nice ones and I am considering storing them away for next year.  My lantern string broke, but I retied the string and we got some matches at Enid's.  Roan's went out on the way up to our house, so we re-lit him.  It is all part of the experience, keeping the little flames going.

At the Chimney

Our traditional stop at a nearby outdoor fireplace.  It's a joy to see more lanterns and maybe Laurel will be able to join us next year with a battery tea light.  I have a feeling she will demand it.

On the Table

Back at home, we put our lanterns on the table and settled into a nice supper of butternut and carrot soup, kindergarten buns, apples and caramel. We really had a great time and the meal prep was fairly easy. It's so nice when things go easily, as I so wanted this to work out.

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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