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Ahhh ... summertime

Notes from the North Woods

A young buck sporting a velvet rack happily munches on some summer greenery.

A young buck sporting a velvet rack happily munches on some summer greenery. Photo by Joe Hackett.

It provides us with a renewal of spirit, and the pleasures of redoing and renewing the enjoyable moments of our past. We may see it in the starry night sky, or hear it in a cricket’s chirp, feel it in the wind on a breezy Adirondack mountaintop, or taste it as a fresh picked raspberry.

If you can no longer find it, taste it or smell it, it may be time to quit searching. If you stop the chase and just sit still for a while; it will find you. Happiness is a feeling, and like a dog chasing its tail, good feelings are difficult to catch. But, like a tail, if you stop chasing it it will still follow you wherever you go.

Its summer, a season that was once considered the most fleeting of them all. Take the time to ride a bike, climb a tree, jump in the lake or take a hike on a forest trail. Summer is more about a sense of place, than a sense of season.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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