This year I am clearly not hunting. My ever increasing cardiac output and belly is making long treks in the woods and uphill rather difficult and uncomfortable, but that doesn't mean I don't want to be in the great outdoors! So, instead I have been accompanying Shawn through the back roads of Central Vermont.
Leaving our populated village and heading for the dirt roads has been fuel for my country loving soul. We were on a mission in search of turkeys, but really I was set on taking in the scenery and feeling like we were back in the wilds of the North East Kingdom. Its the long car rides where Shawn and I are at our best. Sometimes couples simply can't exist in such a small and confining space, but for some reason that small space is where we have the best conversations and best moments of quiet togetherness.
We stumbled across the Appalachian Trail along our journey. It lazily zigzagged through the woods and crossed the road we were driving along. Shawn, seeing a clearing in the woods along the trail, looked at me longingly to see if I wanted to stop and explore the land. "Prime turkey area!" he insisted, but worried I wouldn't be up for the little hike.
Contrary to his thought I jumped at the idea and we hopped out of the truck and headed down the trail.
Despite the overcast, almost drizzling, conditions birds of a dozen different species were singing wildly throughout the woods. Soon we came out into a vast open field and the chorus of birds continued to herald our footsteps. Such sweet serenity in the gray, still winter-dead, solitude of nature.
No turkeys were in that field, but to me that didn't matter. Breathing in the mountain air while wandering the world with Shawn was a thousand times more important. The entire time he didn't mention the lack of turkeys, but rather kept a quiet disposition; his way of showing contentment and happiness. Even without turkeys the place was perfect.
We eventually headed back to the truck, seemingly refreshed, and continued our drive with no particular destination and pleasant conversation abound. Nothing beats little moments like these.