The Adirondack Park contains 30,000 miles of rivers and streams. Laid end to end, they would circle the Earth at its equator with thousands of miles to spare. A few days ago I found myself floating in one of them.

It is a good place to let the water have its way with you. Or to cling to a rock and feel the water swirl around every contour of your body. And to be the place where water pools and the well fills up again after the drought.

This is the place for the other part of you. The part that doesn’t struggle. The part that doesn’t think. The part that can hear the brush of breeze against leaf.

There are things that can be learned, nestled in the arms of the mountains, that cannot be learned in other places. The clouds come close to share their stories of the history of storms. The wind waves at you from the tops of the trees. The wildflowers say, “It is OK to grow, wherever you want, however you want, as colorfully as you like.

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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