A winter walk in the Shorakapok Preserve in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan. Maintained by the New York City Parks Department, the preserve holds some of the only natural forest and salt marsh in Manhattan. There are numerous hiking trails, featuring caves formed by natural rock overhangs and once used by Native Americans.
. . . My particular edition of Pilgrim’s Progress was an abbreviated one and featured whimsical stick figure illustrations. The sole feature that distinguished Pilgrim from the rest of the company was a simple egg-shaped loop on the back, representing a “great burden”.
I thought about Pilgrim’s Progress throughout the winter of 2014, along with the great burden on my back, a burden I could not or would not abandon. I also thought about Pilgrim’s final companion, Hopeful, who did nothing to lighten Pilgrim’s burden on the way to the Celestial City. Rather, Hopeful simply made it possible to complete the journey.