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The Home Place, Red Rock, East Chatham NY

Clark Road looking west, May 8, 2008
Clark Road looking west, May 8, 2008

This is my old home place, the farm I grew up on, the place I left to begin these winter journeys to the southwest.

Orchard Lot camp, June 4, 2009
Orchard Lot camp, June 4, 2009

Red Rock is a rural hamlet near Chatham in Columbia County, New York.

Nights I've camped here

A Voyage and a Harbor

The native American was forced westward by the young escaping the limits of east coast villages that had been established only a generation or two earlier by parents escaping the limits of European villages. From then on, whether seeking a whale, rafting with Huck Finn, easy riding with Peter Fonda, or next week in Cancun, there has been a strong belief in America that happiness lies somewhere else. And yet as we find freedom we also rediscover loneliness. As geographer Yi-Fu Tuan says, we require both shelter and venture. We need freedom and support, silence and cacophony, the vast and distant but also the warm and near, a voyage and a harbor, the great adventure and the hobbit hole. Much of the iconography of our times gives little sense of this. Instead, the individual is treated as a self-sufficient, self-propelled vehicle moving across a background of other things, other places, and other people.

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