Yesterday I ditched workshop to go for a walk in the woods. I went off-trail and discovered a mystery lodge made of fallen timbers. There was a small fire ring (not pictured) inside of it. Later on, my walk took me across a small prairie. Park Services had recently executed a controlled burn, so vast patches of the earth were scorched. I thought of Pompeii. And when I got home, I found a blood-sucking tick in my armpit.