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August 2, 2011

Yesterday I woke to the sound of my niece’s anticipatory greeting to a new day.  She got out of her tent early in the morning and hollered “ECHO” into the Killarney Mountains. One of the mountains answered her cheery and curious call back and I woke from a deep sleep.

The night before was adventurous, making this bright and sunny morning an extra special one. We were caught under the path of an enormous storm cell during a weekend camping trip. Sizzling cracks, stroboscopic light, thunderous claps, and a torrential wall of rain that must have been a mile long kept us up for most of the night.

Living next to the Great Lakes means high humidity and wicked summer storms. It’s exciting stuff when I’m safe inside a house, with windows closed, and a basement to hide in. But it makes me a nervous wreak when experienced sleeping under the open sky in the remote backcountry, inside a nylon shell as thin as tissue paper.

Either we were going to be washed away, situated in the middle of a new river suddenly being born, or catapulted over to the next island courtesy of an one billion volt of electricity. I held on to my husbands hand for dear life, and because I wanted company for the flight over. Luckily none of this happened, although though I’ve earned the new nick name, Whimp-patha.

Exhausted from the ‘life or death’ adrenaline coursing through my veins, I only wanted to sleep more. Alas Jaimie’s “echo” interrupted this plan. Her morning call into the wild blue yonder cracked my tired frown and turned it upside down. Okay kid, you win and you’re right; another day, another adventure – I’ll echo that!

365 Journal Challenge:
“Take a five minute walk, then make something using whatever materials are available where you’ve ended up. Leave it there for someone else to discover.”

Photo of mud art by Dana Aubrey

Claybath photo's by Dana Aubrey

© Dana Aubrey, Clay Prints

2 Comments leave one →
  1. bro permalink
    August 3, 2011 1:23 pm

    i love the clay sun
    great shots

  2. August 5, 2011 12:59 am

    Very coolgift for the eyes of the next person to pass by. Loved the story about the storm and the tent and the new river.

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