Into the Woods.

Roanoke, Virginia, May 2018.

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A brush with uncertainty.

Sooooo, I suppose this is one of the reasons they tell you to never hike alone — the disorienting, downright Lovecraftian plantlife that limits your visibility, confuses your sense of direction and challenges your sanity.  (I arrived at this insight hiking alone.)  I have recently come to understand that this is what the people from the South and the West sometimes refer to as “the brush.”

I am frequently surprised when walking through the hills at how uneven the terrain is.  (Probably why they call it “the hills.”)  But I’m gaining a new appreciation for how daunting mountain flora can be.

I also saw a white-tailed deer — it looked as big as a frikkin’ Clydesdale.

 

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Illustration of Alexandria, Virginia, from the American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836

Detail of a slave ship at the Alexandria, Virginia (then Washington, D.C.) waterfront.  From broadside published by the American Anti-Slavery Society.  Original caption of the image: “View of a section of Alexandria, with a slave ship receiving her cargo of slaves.”

 

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