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May 26, 2007
It was one of those mornings when I was still juggling ideas about where to go as Junie and I rolled through the darkness down into Boxley Valley, and one after another for this reason and that they all fell away, until finally I was left juggling nothing. Well, the solution for that is to just go somewhere you've never been before and see what you can find there.

So I pulled up at the Buffalo River Trail parking lot at the south end of Boxley Valley and we headed up river into the wilderness area, first along the wooded bank, and then when that became too difficult, into the river itself, where we waded through shallow, calm pools on the river's bedrock bed. By and by we came upon a spot where the river had deposited an impressive heap of boulders, and that's where we settled in for a couple of hours of life, liberty, and pursuing happiness. Junie didn't mind, but I could have done with a little less sunshine and a little more cloud cover, but all in all, I think we both not only pursued, but caught us a little of that happiness, which is almost as good as being able to have your cake and eat it, too.

A couple of weeks ago when Junie and I were in a similar fix when my A and B plans hadn't worked out, we took the short hike down to Smith Creek, where this week's Back Light photo was taken.