on some of the rocks are timeless raindrops, under the rocks are words 1

Southern Ontario, the region above Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, is dry, the grass is brown; and fire warnings are everywhere. Western Pennsylvania is wet, the fields and streams are swelled with rain. Pine Creek runs fast with rainwater and North Park Lake is filled to the brim. (because of all the rain, the wisteria is still putting out shoots)

The sign on the right, at the southern entrance to North Park, is out of another time and another place. I remember when Smokey Bear was the spokesperson for forest fire prevention.

The five-mile route around the Lake is getting easier; somehow, it’s been internalized and I just walk it without thinking; without getting bored and counting shelter-signs. (the Erie shelter-sign let’s me know I’m nearing the end when walking the Ingomar Road/eastern side first; the Kilbuck sign lets me know I’m near the end when walking the Lake Shore Drive/western side first)

1 Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories