though this was very early in the trip, this stop was one of the
most memorable moments for me - not only on this trip, but in my
nobody else around and I was just standing there gawking and then
became aware of this cracking-like sound. It was almost imperceptible
at first as the snowy white silence seemed complete. I couldn't
figure out what it was and finally it had me a little worried.
I inspected Inspiration thoroughly, and then realized what I was
hearing was the sound of the lake melting beside me! When
I looked closely, I could see the subtle shifts in the water and
the thin ice covering near the shore giving way to spring. I then
literally dropped to my knees in tears - it moved me almost more
than I could stand. Still don't really know how to explain it.
I just sobbed like a baby, saying over and over to myself, "You're
hearing the lake melting - and look at that, and look at
that - you can see it melting, too!"
was one of the most cosmic, magical moments in a mostly magical
trip. Who would have ever thought the sound of ice melting could
be magical, but I assure you it was.