Friday, December 4, 2015

Setting Down Roots: One of these days I'm gonna sit down and write a long letter to all the good friends I've known - One of These Days - Neil Young

The Big Rock 1974
Another magical feature on the Carthage land was an erratic boulder. This had been left there by receding glaciers (Laurentide Ice Sheet) as little as 12,000 years ago. The Maine woods are sprinkled with such rocks but this one was particularly large. 15 feet high and 40 feet wide at the surface. 40 years earlier this particular boulder sat in an open field until the property owners pulled up stakes and moved west probably due to some harsh winters. I once had an old timer come by who showed me a picture of the rock he had taken then. It had been known as "The Kissing Rock" as young sweethearts  had ventured out to it for that purpose.  Lying on top,
Perched On Top - July 1974
one could swear they could feel the Earth's energy flowing up through them to the sky.  Years later, I surmised that this boulder could have come from Tumbledown Mountain to the north.
Though a 1/4 mile out in the woods, we chose to build our homestead nearby. It would become a hub of our endeavors.
Rocks hold a certain significance in our history. While everything else may change, they have permanence. In James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Saga, Deerslayer or Hawkeye was to meet Chingachgook, the Mohican, at Council Rock.  This was at the base of  Lake Otsego (Glimmerglass) in New York State. This was next to the lake's outlet which is the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. Though this story is a bit of historical fiction, the landmarks therein can be found today.  Thus magic is woven into our lives.

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