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A Good Place to Hideout

via Daily Prompt: Hideout

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A pencil sketch drawn by my late friend Jessica Wyant-Pendleton (1971-2015)

I don’t know what it is but I have always appreciated having a lot of alone time.  In this day and age it is so hard to find a place to get away to hideout for awhile; especially with cell phones, emails, social media etc.  It seems like you are always connected and that it is impossible to just disappear at times.  I like to get away into the country as you can tell by my page.  I use fly fishing as a way to get away and like many, find it very therapeutic.

Hunting used to be another hobby of mine also. As my PTSD worsened over the years however, death of all sorts has led to sadness to me though; so I’d rather shoot animals with cameras than firearms.  Even when fishing, I only choose to take a few fish home to eat.  The rest of the time I choose to catch and release; injuring the fish as little as possible.

Even without a fly rod though, streams, lakes and woods are my favorite place to hide out. When I was a child I grew up in a violent home and chose to run away.  I grabbed a jar of peanut butter and some crackers and hid in a deer stand built by some hunter I didn’t know. That only lasted until the peanut butter was gone and it was getting dark though. I walked right back to a whoopin’ that day!

My favorite place to hide out I believe is up on a mountain overlooking a body of water or a beautiful valley. I like to just sit there by myself and not worry about a thing; often with my baby girl Sadie. In my mind there is no better way for me to relieve stress than to just have a little quiet time and hideout with nature.

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My dog Sadie sitting on Minnewaska Mountain in Ulster County, NY

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