Rocky

Rocky can be taken several ways. Don't know about you but the last few weeks have been a challenge for me. Although along the way, some things have been fortuitous and thought provoking!

Oops! : moi

Oops! : moi

Early on, I tripped over a box of files left (obviously)  in the wrong place. The photo above represents a hurt wing. That's what people say to be nice. Oh, I do appreciate the thought! (I do like the "basic black" cast...well that is, the look of it.)

 However, my mind was overwhelmed by the fact it was a broken wrist on my left/writing hand. Yuck! At first, I thought "No big deal, I do have another hand and a laptop plus an iPad not to mention an IPhone...wrong! I quickly found that one hand as well as all the tech tools in the world were not going to make a blog post happen.

 

photo by Melody Walsh

photo by Melody Walsh

in the midst of all this, Lew and I were able to spend 4th of July afternoon at the FORI Annual Picnic on Rock Island. Rock Island is a very special state park, in my opinion! Washington Island is the gateway to Rock and even though we are thisclose we have to remind ourselves to visit.

photo by John Bacon

photo by John Bacon

I believe good things must come from things not so good...I was ruminating on this when I was on Rock Island. The effect of that place, those people, that beautiful setting...oh my! One couldn't have a more enriching place to cogitate. It was downright restorative!

photo by John Bacon

photo by John Bacon

So, a funny thing happened upon our return to Washington Island...perhaps/probably because I was still feeling the aura  of that experience, I came across this article which although not a surprise, did give me pause. 

photo by John Bacon ... his family was treated to quite a show while they were on Rock Island!

photo by John Bacon ... his family was treated to quite a show while they were on Rock Island!

As I researched the situation, I found another journal post, this one recounting a delightful camping stay last month on Rock Island! In that "ah-ha" moment of discovery, it seemed to me the best thing to do in this Island Mettle Space was to share these items.To my delight in reaching out to John, he was all for it! Here is a tidbit from "4 Days on Rock Island" recounting his stop at the old fishing village. 

photo by John Bacon

photo by John Bacon

Blue sky had revealed itself again by the time we reached the old fishing village site. Nothing but a few well-hidden foundations and old orchard trees remain of what once housed 150 year-round residents. The buildings were all torn down by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources upon purchase of the island, because it was deemed too costly to maintain so many buildings there.

His Journal: A Lifetime of Adventures @ http://www.johnandsarabacon.com is a wonderful one to follow.

photo by John Bacon

photo by John Bacon

So, I have 2 thoughts as I close:

1. Be aware that we need to keep an eye on special places like Rock Island. Wherever you are, I bet there is just as significant a place there for you. Support your special place in any way that seems right to you. Feel free to update this post on the future of Rock Island in the Comments below or share your thoughts on your special kernel of Land!

2. Guest editor/posts seem a good venue/avenue for Island Mettle this Summer and I would love your input or sources on where to go from here. Want to guest host?  

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photo by John Bacon

photo by John Bacon

Thanks so much to John Bacon for sharing!

 

til next time ...

 

Thumbnail: rock island boathouse-John Bacon