Read not the Times. Read the Eternities. Conventionalities are at length as bad as impurities. Even the facts of science may dust the mind by their dryness, unless they are in a sense effaced each morning, or rather rendered fertile by the dews of fresh and living truth. Knowledge does not come to us by details, but in flashes of light from heaven.
Henry David Thoreau - Life Without Principle - 1863
Today was a beautiful day, and, although the leaves rest on the lawn, front and back, small household repairs await, and shirts lay to be ironed, the pull of the summit was too strong. My wife said, "Go."
The road is closed, but that didn't stop folks from hiking to the summit on this beautiful Autumn day. I found the crowd to be happy, cheerful, talkative, and yet, from the summit, as it does to us all, we turn to the still of the scene.
The stone facade creeps ever closer to the top of the observation deck. The steel chad hangs motionless, the trench for the grounding cable is still open, and the 9/11 flag still flies proudly.
|The Old "Hanging Chad"|
|Detail - Chad|
|Grounding Cable - West Side Wall|
|Ramp - West Wall|
|Medieval Fort Weapons Ports|
|Arch with Capstone - Detail - North Wall|
|More Tools of the Stone Mason|
|Stone Mason Tools|
|NE Corner - More Stonework|
|One of My Favorite Locations for the Shoot|
|South towards Worcester|
And Henry David Thoreau? I think he would approve!