I'm from Syracuse, the least interesting part of the state. Niagra Falls to West. Catskills and the Hudson River Valley to the East. Head of the Appalachian Trail to the South. Adirondacks to the North. Gorges and caves, chains of lakes, mountain ranges marshlands. I've been living in Chicago a few decades, and I'll take Chicago over NYC - but I really, really miss New York State.
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I miss the absolute darkness of the country, and I hate these streetlights in Chicago that make my neighborhood look like a Walmart parking lot. I teach at a local college, and commute 10 miles each way by bike to get there and back. I'm not fast, but I'm determined. I don't have a car, so I really can't get too far from the city. When I first moved here I went to the top of the Sears Tower to look out the windows and see where the sprawl ended. It didn't. At least I live close to a body of water. I would love to go camping if I could get there. I rode my bike around Lake Michigan in 1999, and I'd like to go again soon. I walk everywhere. I stare out the window for hours watching the sun move through the trees. I started to learn climbing at BKB, but covid hit before I managed to get past the easy climbs. I had been learning and practicing archery, but have to wait until there is a range open to practice now.... so that's on hold for awhile. I used to spelunk and climb the easy rock walls in the Catskills when I lived there. I can lift a heavy camera and I can lift a bale of hay. I'm not afraid to get dirty or soaked. The only thing I hate is mosquitoes, and horse flies. I joined Sisters on the Fly, and plan to get a teardrop trailer sometime down the road. I'm just babbling here, because I'm stuck inside and can't meander this summer. When we are able to merge unmasked again I hope to do some things differently. Less introverting, more recreating. The best part of an adventure is the planning, so I will be spending this quarantine with maps and notebooks - getting ready for better days.
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