If you like it so much at the end of the Gunflint Trail then go already! I could spend more time at the end of the Gunflint Trail. There is plenty of work I could do at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. I could make life easier for my crew up there by being around but that would mean being away from my family.
My kids really don’t need me. They are 16 and 17-years old and they can take care of themselves. They spend the majority of their time with their friends or alone in their rooms as far away from their parents as they can get. They can both drive themselves around so unless they need money or can’t find something I may as well be invisible. But, being invisible is different than not being around if or when one of them may actually need me for something other than cleaning the cat litter.
And even if my kids don’t want or need me around they have friends. Sometimes their friends will ackhowledge my existense and even enter into a conversation with me. And sometimes my kids will actually talk to me more when their friends are around!
If I’m spending time up the Gunflint Trail then there is no chance of seeing them, their friends or my husband of 25 years. I can’t see their beautiful faces, hear their laughter or kiss their cheeks. If I were up the Trail then it would be peaceful but what good is being at peace if you can’t be around those you love the most in life?