The Bald Eagle, the symbol of our Nation, came to stand guard over the Appalachian Trail Ferry Crossing on the Kennebec this morning. I knew he was coming even before I saw him……The Loons told me. There are no secrets, if you know how to listen.
He glided in and perched in the very top of a spruce tree, on the west side of the River. The hikers were amazed that the three Loons on the River let us get so close, but they never even noticed the Sentinel standing guard.
I wonder if they will notice when he no longer stands guard? I wonder how many know that the Eagle, and his Country, are in grave danger from evil men with greed in their hearts?
No, what the hikers noticed was that after 2.000 miles of hiking along the east coast, Maine is among the wildest and most beautiful places that they have ever seen. They all comment on it, and they all seem to expect [and hope], that it never changes.
They have no idea…………………..
Aldo Leopold once wrote; “Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.”
Perhaps it can truly be said that only the Eagle has flown high enough to see the danger to the Mountains, and the Nation……………..
When I left the River, the Eagle was still standing guard over his domain. The average person would never see him silently perched there in the spruce tree across the River. As I walked back to my truck, I found my self wondering, and wishing that I knew what the Eagle knows, and that I could make others know, as well.