“I looked with awe at the ground I trod on, to see what the Powers had made there, the form and fashion and material of their work. This was that Earth of which we have heard, made out of Chaos and Old Night. Here was no man’s garden, but the unhandselled globe. It was not lawn, nor pasture, nor mead, nor woodland, nor lea, nor arable, nor waste-land. It was the fresh and natural surface of the planet Earth, as it was made for ever and ever …”
— Henry David Thoreau, “Ktaadn,” 1848
Laura Rushfeldt and her faithful companion, Wylie, a 5-year-old Husky-Australian Shepherd mix, were driving on a perfectly clear day to Fort Kent, Maine, for the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races on March 5 when it appeared. Katahdin. The 36-year-old architect from Arlington, Mass., was awestruck.
“I’ve just seen Katahdin for the first time. Cannot explain the jolt of electric joy that coursed through my body,” she tweeted from her @lrushfeldt account.