Last weekend, while most of the MDK crew was snaking a convoy of MDK goodies up the side of a mountain to Shakerag for the MDK Knitting Getaway, I took a few days to have some non-yarn time.
Now look: I ain’t got a problem with yarn. I work for a company that sells yarn, my sister owns a yarn shop, and I can talk about yarn the way some people talk about wine. Vouvray, Volnay, Rambouillet, Cheviot: wine, yarn, tomato, tomahto. It’s all the same crazy-specific dorky kind of insidery talk that I can never get enough of.
That’s a lie, of course. I CAN GET ENOUGH OF IT…and after a hectic couple of weeks at MDK World Headquarters (Memorial Day sale + Field Guide 18 launch = nervous breakdown), I was happy to get away from anything resembling talking about wool and its interstices.
So I decided to traipse off to the woods to see the famous synchronous fireflies at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ahhhh, yes, Quiet Time! Just my friend Margaret, me, and fifty thousand dudes in flip-flops and jorts, all trying to take a National Geographic-quality photo (foolishly, hilariously, futilely) in the pitch black with an iPhone. What could be more relaxing?
But actually, it was. And kind of awe-inspiring. It had rained most of the day, but everything aligned perfectly in the end (at 10 p.m.—a full four hours past my bedtime, please shut up) and as the mist rose from the forest floor, so did the fireflies to do their “Wait…wait…wait…NOW!” thing.
It’s not that all ten million fireflies light up at once (they don’t); it’s that they all turn off in unison. At that moment, the fifty thousand people in the woods all gasp as one. It’s really quite something; you should all put it on your bucket lists (right after “think of another phrase for ‘bucket list’”).
If you made it to Shakerag—either in person or just vicariously through the postcards—I hope you had a good time! I have heard a few tales already and lemme tell you: it does seem like the fireflies weren’t the only thing that was lit last weekend.
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