Europe N to S: Three Imaginary Lines (7/22/16)

​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.

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6 thoughts on “Europe N to S: Three Imaginary Lines (7/22/16)

  1. Daniel, it is such a pleasure to follow you around, especially when you go in circles! I nominate you to be our next Poet Laureate and not just for the USA but for Planet Earth. We owe you, big time; we really do. Best wishes, Steve of Cape Coral

  2. I am really enjoying your walk, prose, and pictures! I have dug out a old poor map of Scandinavia to follow along on your journey. I have been wondering what kind of a pack are you wearing, love that green color. Is there a master list of the stuff you use?

    1. It is an REI Flash 45, I think. I just got it because I found a super cheap sale on it and needed a pack, then when I started it was what I had so I thought I’d give it a shot until it wore out. So far so good! It’s not my favorite pack ever, but I’m not picky and it’s working so far. I don’t know if it will last the whole trip but I don’t really expect it to since that is a lot to ask of any piece of equipment, especially a pack which takes a lot of the scrapes and dings.

  3. How interesting and BOLD what you’re doing! Safe travels. As an aside, I agree that we often ‘draw lines’ in our lives. I don’t know why; maybe it’s just a human defense tactic.

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