Today’s Miles: 11
Total Miles: 585.5
Past Gappohytta along Sweden/Norway border – July 22, 2016
I walk from Finland to Sweden to Norway. The trip takes just a few seconds so I go again, Finland to Sweden to Norway. Around and around I go, circling a cement marker rising in the shallows of a lake.
I wonder how many meetings, wars, battles, and arguments it took to place the borders of three countries here. I think of the invisible lines stretching out to divide the land, to separate people, to group one side into us and the other into them.
We humans love drawing lines in the sand. We draw them with paint, with fences and walls, with ideas, with looks, with religions, with languages.
I look around at the mountains rising on all sides, the lakes glimmering in sunlight, the trees glowing green under the blue sky. Birds sing. The wind rushes across the water. White clouds soar overhead. A thousand things fill the space in every direction, but no lines, not a single one, nothing to break apart the world’s beauty.