Escaping the influence of a capital city on a short overnight trip is no easy feat, particularly when the days grow short. Most of the time, I'm moving in the that liminal space of rural sub-urbanism. It's close enough to nature to get that sense of restoration and solitude, if you know where to look . At the same time, it's impossible not to continuously bump into people and their structures. Strange things happen when the two forces mix. Sometimes, we get our way, enforcing our will on the land. But nature plays the long game, and it often prevails.