Day 1,365 – Thankful for Our Fortress of Solitude Part 2 and the Perfect Album for This Trip

This morning we all slept in. We didn’t really stay up late or anything last night and the time was an hour later than what we were used to due to the time zone change. Funny thing is that we all obviously needed to crash more than we thought we did. After our time today we’ll most likely be heading to bed early. Kind of a crazy way to spend a vacation day, but it’s nice to get caught up on some rest and also be ready to get moving much earlier tomorrow morning.

I’ve been to the Porcupine Mountains twice before. Both trips were very short and consisted of basically getting out to see the lake and then heading out shortly after. This was my first time spending any real amount of time in the park.

On our hike we all kept mentioning how similar the feel was to Isle Royale. The rock colors were similar, the formations looked the same, and even some of the lakes and rivers seemed to be cut form the same cloth. I was impressed with how big the Porcupine Mountains are. As Dominic put it, it’s sure not Colorado but it feels like a lot like a north woods Colorado. Personally, it was so wild to see something this beautiful this close to our home. The vistas were breathtaking!

I’m thankful for finally taking the time to explore and enjoy this park further. I’m especially pumped for our next set of hikes over the next few days in the park’s other areas.

I’m not sure if the time in the woods this past weekend just primed me more for it, but I was so impressed with the amount of solitude we had out in the woods. Sure, there were some people at the trailhead and a handful we passed on the trial, but for the most part it was quiet, peaceful, and without others. Spending time talking with my family and also having quiet time in thought was great. I’ve mentioned before how Isle Royale is our “Fortress of Solitude.” This was a lighter and more accessible version.

I know I’m kind of strange about some many things. One of my idiosyncrasies is seeming to always find a song or album that fits each vacation. Once in a while it’s the music that fits the feel of the trip. Most often it’s something about the lyrics. The best is when the music and lyrics both line up perfectly to match the feel of the vacation.

The album I’ve latched onto this trip was pretty much totally by accident this morning. There was a song stuck in my head while I was in the shower so I fired it up. The last time I’d checked there weren’t any of the bands albums on iTunes but that was a month or so ago so I figured I’d try again. As luck would have it their albums are online now! Without hesitation I downloaded their most recent and listened. In a few beats I knew I’d hit the nail on the head for this one.

The album and band? Moments by Hollow Coves. The title track pretty much nails this week on so many levels. You can check out a live recording of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eT41LeBG8o

Here are the lyrics – you can probably see why I’m grooving on it very quickly. Enjoy!

We ran so fast up the mountain as the sun fell low

We climbed so high to chase the light sent from the sunset glow

‘Cause time won’t wait for us

It fades away so fast

And soon these days will pass

So make these moments last

We stood and looked out as the colours in the sky ran wild

In that moment, I felt like I was seeing through the eyes of a child

‘Cause time won’t wait for us

It fades away so fast

And soon these days will pass

So make these moments last

Seek to reach the heights of the alpine

Seize the golden light when the sun shines

Realise that time is a precious gift

So make these moments last

I’ve found that time flies like a camera flashing in my eyes

So, blind, I turned and the moment simply passed me by

‘Cause time won’t wait for us

It fades away so fast

And soon these days will pass

So make these moments last

Seek to reach the heights of the alpine

Seize the golden light when the sun shines

Realise that time is a precious gift

So make these moments last

Seek to reach the heights of the alpine

Seize the golden light when the sun shines

Realise that time is a precious gift

So make these moments last

Back to enjoying some family game time!

Thanks!!!

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