I am happy to say that we did just that only falling one short. There's a perfectly good reason for that. It's the one most difficult to reach. We were headed towards it late Wednesday afternoon and almost simultaneously realized we were both just exhausted. Yes, I can be pretty focused when I'm working on a goal, but I also have enough sense to know when the goal becomes obsession. We'd seen some stunning architecture, walked over 15 miles in two days and biked even more. We had another several miles to walk/bike on Thursday. It was time to let one of them go.
I'd like to share the bridges with you. While making our way through the woods and along the carriage roads, there was lots of time to think. And I thought a lot about bridges. Always in anticipation of what the next one would look like while still appreciating the variety of what we'd already seen. Some things kept coming to mind as I thought about the different kinds of "bridges" we travel as we make our way through life. I was reminded that life has gone on while we've been away from home. Lots of people have crossed, are getting ready to cross or may be looking forward to a future of "bridges" leading to new and exciting aspects of their lives. Others have experienced deep sadness and crossed "bridges" forcing them to navigate life in a way they hadn't anticipated right now. Both of us usually settle into a period of deep introspection near the end of our Summer Adventure when we feel deep gratitude for what we've experienced, yet look forward to returning home and rejoining the lives we love and the people whom we miss.
So the journey of discovering the bridges was a fitting finale to our wonderful time here in Maine as we say good-bye and turn our hearts toward home. As I share the bridges, enjoy some of the thoughts I had about different ways I'd like to build stronger bridges in my life. There's no great depths of material here - just some thoughts that flitted across my mind. Add some of your own!!
1) Bridges to.................new beginnings!