As the sun began it’s descent into the horizon, marked by brilliant hues of red and orange, it signaled the end of the its daylight cotillion with one end of the earth in favor of the other end.
Of course, while a beautiful sight to see in weather that will allow it, for me, personally, it took on an entirely different meaning.
See, I walk to get from place to place for reasons summarized in the following essay, and what sunset means to me is that I need to get home quickly. Whenever the sun begins to set, it’s as if a timer counting down until it becomes too dark to see anything that appears before my eyes.
On one particular day, as I was on my way home using the trail surrounding Dorrs Pond in Manchester, the countdown timer had run out and it became too dark to see anything. The moon was not able to illuminate much, if anything, because it was obscured by the canopy of trees overhead.
Common sense would tell the casual traveler to take out a flashlight or phone to illuminate the path, which is what I wound up doing, but it’s not as if I had to, my feet knew the way home; they knew about the rocks and dips without me having to look.
From the time it took to reach into my pocket to the time it took turn on the flashlight on my iPhone, it occurred to me that if I walked without using a means to light my way, it would feel as if I were traveling through the great unknown of outer space — seeking light in the omnipresent dark.
Having turned on my flashlight, and rounding out the end of the trail, I recalled the words of a poem written by iconic New Hampshire poet, Robert Frost, called “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
“…The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
These words comforted me as I journeyed my way on home.
Having said that, I must say I’m genuinely curious on what your thoughts are, interested readers, on people who are walking on foot anywhere and at any time of the day. Please leave a comment and let’s begin a conversation!