Today's challenge from the Ultimate Blogging Challenge was to tell a story. It could either be a true story or it could be fiction. I chose to tell a true story. During the summer of 2008, I participated in a walk that was organized by a group called "Voices for Creative Nonviolence."
Here is a link to the Voices for Creative Nonviolence website: Voices for Creative Nonviolence
People from Voices for Creative Nonviolence visit war zones and focus on forming relationships with ordinary civilians living in dangerous areas. In 2008, their focus was on Iraq. Voices for Creative Nonviolence organized a walk, called the Witness Against War walk, that started in Chicago on July 12th and ended in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on September 1st. The total distance was approximately 500 miles.
We walked anywhere from six to nineteen miles per day. Occasionally, we had rest days, when we could relax, sightsee, climb steep hills, draw, paint, or practice musical instruments. The story that I am telling today is about a (partial) rest day on August 16th at Perrot State Park, in western Wisconsin.
Perrot State Park is located in Wisconsin's Driftless area, at the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers.
I maintained detailed journals of my experience that summer. This story is based on entries into my journals. I have begun working on turning these journals into a book.