diamond geezer

 Saturday, October 13, 2018

In an attempt to avoid the inaccuracies which have plagued some of my recent posts, today's post has been deliberately written to avoid specific factual content.

Earlier in my lifetime, considerably closer to today than the day of my birth, I visited a place. I travelled there from my home, taking a specific amount of time to reach my destination. At a certain time, I arrived close by.

A walk was required to traverse the distance from my point of arrival to the first point of interest. Other people were also making a similar walk. Because it was a particular time of year, the trees and foliage were exhibiting seasonal characteristics. The path was not straight and the land was not flat. I passed a vehicle, a place of worship and a ground where one particular sport is played. A countable number of dogs was going the other way.

Later than I had departed, I arrived at the precise point I had hoped to reach. The contours of the location were noteworthy. Either nowhere in the wider vicinity is higher or else this is not the case. It was possible to look down across much of the surrounding landscape, which was very interesting. I saw so many things, some of them relatively close, others much further away. I was particularly interested to be able to see one particular location, and individual vehicles arriving at that location. On some days further locations are visible.

At some point in the past a structure was constructed on this very spot. It is not the same as it once was because it has been changed. Through the exchange of metal, or the presentation of imprinted plastic, it is possible to ascend the structure. The staircase winds either clockwise or anticlockwise. Partway up is a space where I read some very interesting information about the structure and its history. The view from the highest point was even better than the view I had seen previously. I remained up here for some time.

I was by no means the only person present in the immediate vicinity. Their general presence over a long period of time had encouraged the opening of a refreshment outlet at the base of the structure. It is an unusual place to find a refreshment outlet. Many people were purchasing liquid sustenance, and I decided to join them in doing this. My beverage option came in a receptacle of uncommon size and colour. I experienced unspecified emotion while consuming my liquid sustenance specifically because of the nature of this location.

When it was time to depart, I departed. I chose not to follow the same route as before, my destination being different to the point of my arrival. The path was straighter than the previous path, and its gradient substantially dissimilar. I passed between a great number of trees of a certain type. I did not meet anybody apart from the few people I met. At one point the path changed direction and continued through a different landscape, and later it did this again. I thought the stream was particularly interesting.

Unexpectedly the path opened up into a tiny village at the head of a ravine. The village is named after an unusual thing to be named after. It has a drinking establishment which is more popular than the size of the population would suggest. A lot of people were enjoying a greater range of refreshment options than were available earlier in my journey. You should have seen their cars. I have seen this village before in an episode of a children's TV drama series, and recognised the large body of water from a particularly memorable scene.

I had a lot more walking still to do. Some of it was uphill and some of it was downhill, with considerably more in one direction than the other. It was especially exciting to come across an unexpected landscape feature. One does not normally expect to find such a landscape feature within the general area in which I was present, and certainly not one of these dimensions. I watched the motion of this phenomenon for a measurable length of time and then continued. Altogether I walked much further than I had walked the day before.

I have definite thoughts about the journey which I undertook, and the landscape I traversed, and the meteorological conditions I experienced. I conjecture that you might have similar thoughts in certain respects were you ever to undertake a similar journey across an identical landscape under similar conditions. It remains a plausible possibility that I may have inspired you to follow in my footsteps.

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