Unfortunately, I've messed up the quality of these photos with a lot of resizing but I don't want to spend any more time trying to fix them. Just picture them sharper.
I could tell you more about two days on buses and in bus stations but mostly I just slept. I didn't really feel any enthusiasm about any of this until I woke up about fifty miles south of Duluth and noticed the wetlands and trees.
I went to visit my feline former roommate last night. He ran away and hid from me. Which led to some interesting thoughts and talk about if cats remember, how they most strongly sense the world, if they feel attachment to place or person, etc. The question up for consideration is does the cat not know that he lived with me for five years, or does he remember perfectly and is afraid I'm going to take him back and remove him from his much more spacious and stimulating new home. Later that night he was curled up with another cat he often squabbles with, perhaps demonstrating his best behavior. I wasn't surprised by his behavior because he'd acted similarly when I'd left him there once for about ten days--this time it's been eight months since he's seen me. I'll see if I can get a photo of his fleeing backside before I leave.
Got my hair cut short today to last through four months at Yellowstone, so I guess I'm really planning on showing up. The cutter gave me a compliment on my hair before leaving it all on her floor--I feel like Samson. If I had my way, I would tear this whole building down. But lunch's fortune cookie read, "You have a remarkable power which you are not using." WHAT? I'm a superhero? Why didn't anyone tell me? Speaking of lunch, it was seitan (and broccoli and cauliflower and onions and red and green peppers and more) in garlic sauce; dinner was a wild rice burger and apricot wheat beer as I make my way through favorite restaurants.
After the haircut, I passed through a small patch of woods and had close looks at a couple deer and a nice listen to a pounding pileated woodpecker. We're not in Megalopolis any more. Didn't have my camera with me then but I did this morning when I walked the woods and beach of my favorite hike in town. Nothing dramatic and it wasn't a glorious looking day, but I'll share a bunch of photos. I don't have anything to say about them; I think you'll either completely understand why I love the place or else my words could never make you understand.
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