What I do when no one is looking

For two weeks I’ve been adventuring in New England with John and Diff. Here they are looking rugged:

 
We are back now, but while I was in New England, my parents went to Real England and my brother left for his job at camp. I will have the house to myself for ten days and so, after I said goodbye to my two dear friends, the thought crossed my mind –
i am more alone than i’ve ever been.
Not even in a sad way, really. Alone and lonely are not the same thing. Just, the fact of the matter is, I’ve never lived alone for so long without a friend or boyfriend constantly available. I’ve especially never lived alone with 100% unstructured free time – there are things to be done, but no schedules or deadlines.
So far (as in, for the past 36 hours) being totally unattached, uncommitted, unlooked-for, is as freeing as you’d imagine. I thought about continuing my travels on to North Carolina or Argentina without telling anyone, just because I could. 
(maybe… after I do my laundry).
I settled, mid-return-journey, on just going hiking.
So I did…
And I walked across this log on a dare from myself, and no one had to worry about me…

 And I climbed on rocks and sat in places and thought about things for a very long time before trekking back.

On the drive home I explored a couple of the places I’ve always wanted to stop at, but never had the time for. This abandoned house was locked:

This church…

 Was not…

…Although it was somewhat protected by a very scary gravel road between that sign and the chapel to which it points. This is quite literally the entire building; I was standing in the doorway, about three feet behind that last pew. 
All these photos and blather to say, so far I’ve demonstrated that left to my own devices, I go exploring. I also:
– talk to myself
– turn my computer on and off many times a day
– do lots of things at once 
– am fairly responsible (so far)
– introspect like it’s a legitimate hobby
Which is what this post was meant to be about – all those great thoughts- but it seems to have turned into a captain’s log. Wind NNW at 3 knots, hope to sight whale on the morrow…
Thoughts to come.
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