The actual day was fine. We ended up making a second trip to the Maine Prison Showroom, where I purchased a shirt and a cool red birdhouse. The prices there for the products offered are really very, very good. It's also good to know that purchases benefit prisoners who are trying to better their lives. In my estimation, the penal system in this country doesn't seem to provide much in the way of rehabilitation; instead, this is much more of a punishment-based system. Yes, there should be consequences for illegal acts, but society also has an obligation to help those who want to serve their time and then live a better life.
Also on tap for today was a hike that Ms. Rivers was interested in taking. That yielded a few photographs...
...all of which scream Maine at a very high volume.
Speaking of photographs, after deleting a few errant photos of nothing, I made copies of the shots I've taken and provided them to Ms. Rivers' brother and one of her sisters (for sharing with her parents). As I noted during a kind of closing campfire, I haven't been taking many photographs over the past year or so. I think that's as much a statement about how difficult the past two or three years have been as it is anything else. When stressed, it seems only natural that some of the things we enjoy doing end up taking a backseat. Coming to Maine and being an unofficial photographer has been helpful for me.
Maine provides, in addition to things like popular dinner arthropods and unpopular mosquitos, an opportunity for deep thoughts. As I was trying not to think about anything this afternoon...always a losing proposition for me...it occurred to me just how essential things like vacations are, no matter where, no matter how long. It's just far too easy to fall into mental ruts and unhealthy patterns when so much of how we are wired is geared towards sameness and predictability. Even when that sameness and predictability is ultimately unhealthy. Vacations can provide something of a lifeline out of these ruts. The trick, I believe, is to take bite-sized pieces out of a vacation and graft them as new pieces into our daily lives.
Finally, in addition to using my Sony digital SLR camera, I have been using my Pixel 6 phone to take photographs, and it has not disappointed me. I'll end this series of posts with a very fitting sunset or two.
Here's to more beatiful sunsets, be they in Maine or anywhere else for that matter.
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