Got a chance to spend some time with my dad and go backpacking at Nordhouse Dunes again. I went with Justin a few years back and have been wanting to go back since. Its a fun trail and has a wide array of terrain for such a condensed area. Definitely a fun hike and fun stay! We camped in many familiar spots and also explored some new ones. We came across a bunch of wildlife! We ran into snakes, turtles, eagles, deer, turkey, fish and a brief encounter with a raccoon. I am happy I had the opportunity to get caught up with work and go on this trip and reconnect with my dad. Friends loved ones have been passing away and also some of my friends health have been rough lately. I have not had anyone too close to me pass away yet, I have been trying to empathize with what my friends are experiencing. Although I will never know what some of those situations or circumstances are like until I go through them myself, empathizing has been helping me respect the frailty of life and time. It is helping me put aside my differences and the past to enjoy the moment that we have and enjoying the most of it. I am thankful for the time I had with my dad over the past few days.