Small state parks and state forests are among the Vermont attractions many visitors never see. When we climbed to the top of Owl's Head in the Groton State Forest recently we were the only people there and no one came up during our entire stay. Yet it was a pleasant day with gentle temperatures.
It's soothing to sit on the top of a small mountain and wonder about the history of the land spread out before you. Has it always looked this way? "Always," of course is a deceptive term; the earth itself hasn't been here always. But we can be modest, if we wish, and ask only if it looked as it does now twenty-five thousand years ago. And the answer is, "Probably." There were surely squirrels and bears going about their business. Chances are, though, there were no humans to be seen from the top of Owl's head.
Harvard Square Commentary, September 4, 2006
Not changing dramatically for twenty-five thousand years is a happy concept. We humans may be so caught up with changing things we don't have enough sense to distinguish the things that do need to be changed from those that don't. The scenes that greet us from the top of Owl's Head are among the latter. I hope people will climb up there twenty-five thousand years from now and see it as I saw it. And, then, themselves, hope it will prevail for at least another twenty-five thousand.