I ventured into formerly forbidden territory and survived!Though the same can't be said for whatever creature this was whose bones I found lying in a woodland thicket.
I'm just back from a walk in our woods AND the unexplored stretch of woods to the south of us.
I'd never gone very far over our property line in the past because I thought I'd be trespassing. No one could have seen me if I had, but that's just the way I do things.
Then, last week I learned that the 40-plus acres adjacent to ours, to the south and east, had been purchased back in 2013 by Avalonia Land Conservancy, Inc. The property is now designated as the Mistuxet Hill Preserve, linking the whole woodland to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and permanently preserving all of it from development. Forever!
All this time, the nearby woods where public land. I had no idea!
Today, I walked right on past our property boundary and wandered far off through thickets, around fallen trees, and over a little trickle of stream nestled between mossy boulders. There were no trails, besides those suitable only for deer. I had to make my own way through the tangle. I found many interesting corners and a few mysterious "treasures" along the way--animal bones, including a large skull, several different kinds of mushroomy things I never seen before growing on downed trees, stones with crystals sticking out of the mossy soil, and giant leaves that looked like they might be chestnut (could they be?) from a now bare, unidentifiable tree.
I've just returned from meandering for more than 2 hours, exploring the "wilds" of the woods in our own back yard. I feel deeply peaceful and contented, something I can't explain with any specificity, but truer than true, nonetheless.
I had been holding myself back for years from this ready source of adventure and exploration simply because I incorrectly assumed it wasn't possible or permissible.
There's a broader lesson here.
Moving forward, I may rely a bit less on my usually cautious assumptions.
You'll find me out push boundaries in my own quiet way, while venturing into the unknown territory outside my own back door.
©Kay Pere ~ Effusive Muse Publishing