I Shall Not Pass This Way Again//New York 10.19

My mom has a favorite quote that I can count on her saying about every time travel takes her to a new area.

“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Etienne de Grellet

Recent travels found me in upper state NY right along the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

We enjoyed a wide variety of sights- like this freighter heading through a lock.

This restored schoolhouse from 1845 was on the property of a farm visited.

The original boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder was another place of interest.

I even visited Trout Creek. Don’t know how familiar you are with the stories of “Farmer Boy” but Almanzo and his family ran their sheep flock through Trout Creek to wash their wool before shearing them. Apparently Almanzo’s job was to take the fleeces to the upper storage in the barn, and the shearers kept kidding him that they were going to get done before him. So during lunch break, he smuggled a ewe upstairs so that he could officially have the fleece upstairs before the shearers job was completed 😂 anyhow. The leaves were just starting to change. Beautiful!

The end of our stay in New England found us in Vermont in a cable car at Jay’s Peak

What a view!!

As I stood there overlooking the land before me, my mom’s quote came to me again. I don’t know if I’ll be back to this mountain top. But that’s not what counts- it just matters how I respond to the less scenic/ more everyday (and slightly annoying) encounters in my journey, and how I make the people I cross paths with feel. Do they see the love of Christ in my reactions?

One chance- because I won’t pass through today again.

Be Blessed,