In my dream, all citizens were responsible stewards of all land, and the world had been purged of no-trespassing signs. I walked north underneath the power lines. The expanse of cleared forest under the power lines is huge, about 100 yards wide, and stretching north-south as far as the eye can see. It has a peculiar kind of beauty--exposed granite, low shrubs, and meadows create a resemblance to naturally stressed landscapes near the tree line of high western peaks in their mid-summer. After half a mile or so I turned west, heading up the hill towards the highest point I could find. In doing so I saw vernal pools and swampy wetlands; it always baffles me how areas near the top of hills in Middletown can sometimes be wetter than areas lower down the slope. In this forest there are also spectacular old stone walls, testimony to the rocky soil, the industriousness of the farm labor that turned the forest into grazing pastures, and the remarkable ability of New England forests to re-grow.
My dream got even more interesting after I reached the top. The clouds obscured the direction of the sun, and I could no longer tell which direction was east or west. I wandered down the slope without trails and without anything to orient me. The forest looked the same in every direction. Would I be the first story on the evening news, rescued after 6 days of eating bark and ferns? Fortunately, this dream was in Connecticut, a state where even if you don't know where you are going, you still get there. In this case the sound of a farmer turning his hay woke me from my dream, and I looked up to see the power lines and the familiar no-trespassing signs. Chestnut Mountain was behind me.