Do you prefer to explore upstream or downstream?
Upstream is splendidly doomed, splitting, getting smaller, becoming less, but holding out hope of an even more secret discovery, or the miracle of a mountain lake.
The stream changes by microns every moment, while honoring the same imperatives that have moved it for thousands of years.
It is a glorious thing to leave when it is still running strong, unfinished business for another day. Dream of the possibilities as you return to the joy of family and the necessity of that day job.
Perhaps you can stay away from the map before you get a chance to return, but be warned, it is even harder than not checking your phone the moment you get reception.
It might even be recognized by many as special. To be your secret stream, it must simply be a place where you are the only one who has your personal experience there.
There are no unsacred places
There are only sacred places
And places that have been desecrated
- Wendell Berry
The stream featured in this post is part of a very large parcel of land that is now protected after years and even decades of dedicated efforts. To anyone who protects lands that you care about - your work matters.