You can walk the Trail and focus on what you learn about yourself...the fact that you can put one foot ahead the other even on days when you don't want to, you can learn about the natural world and the variations in that you are incredibly privileged to have the time to notice... or you can learn and wonder at the history of the people who once in habited this land.
My grandparents had fruit trees on their farm so in the spring when I would walk past an flowering apple tree in the woods I would wonder where the farm house foundations were, what community had once been here. This lily was photographed at the site of the Tyringham Shaker Village. It is now a tent site along the AT but at one time it was a bustling farming village that focused on maple sugar & seed production.
On this day it was a bright and peaceful spot where Bedgie and I took a break for lunch and to dry out socks & tents before continuing on our trek through Massachusetts.