Jake and I walked through the woods Monday morning, after having crossed through a neighbor’s field. In the field we saw countless animal tracks, including deer, coyote, partridge, turkey, squirrel, and hare. The array of spoor continued as we connected with the ski trails in the woods. I noticed an interesting thing; often one sees a solitary trail of tracks, whether it be of mouse, squirrel, or any of the above. But every once in a while, there is a veritable highway of tracks, as if whole gangs of whatevers had converged and made their way to some gathering of their kind.
That particular morning we saw a highway of mouse tracks, as well as one of turkeys, and another of coyotes. One can only speculate, because the critters do their roving when we humans are not around to see. It’s nice to know that we are surrounded by so much wildlife, which I interpret as a positive sign.
You may have noticed that the sign is gone from Sunday River Alpacas on the Flat Road, not to mention that the animals have left as well. I talked with Mo Libby recently, and she wants to assure everyone that the ‘pacas and the Great Pyrénées, Barker and Aurora, have all gone to good homes and are thriving.
Mo adds that she is doing well as she starts a new chapter in life with her shop on Main Street in Bethel, where Spirit Wings used to be, in the former Preb’s building. She sells alpaca goods imported from Peru, roving and yarn, as well as some hand-knit and crocheted items produced by local artisans. Shop hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m., or by appointment if you call Mo at 890-3148. Take it from me, this is a great place to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, whether it be stocking stuffers, or some very special alpaca garment for that very special person.
On my Monday morning walk I was musing about the holiday season. Many, if not most, of the world’s religions have creation stories and messianic beliefs, which are often celebrated around this time of year. I think that most of these religions (unless grossly misinterpreted) also have the same message of “love your neighbor as yourself,” and peace on earth, good will towards humankind.
Sometimes this message gets overwhelmed by all the seasonal hype and frantic push to spend, spend, spend. Let’s all pray for the demise of greed, avarice, hatred, and intolerance, and for the flowering of love and good will, tolerance, and acceptance. Whatever your beliefs, please have a happy holiday season with your families and loved ones.