Saturday, October 3, 2009

Road Trip, Day 1.....

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it."
~Greg Anderson~
The first leg of our journey was pretty uneventful and the route very familiar. After we passed Somerville the scenery began to change from flat to the gentle rise and fall of undulating hills, a precursor to the mountains to come. The weather could not have been more perfect in the low 70's with clear blue cloudless skies.

We sailed past fields of dried corn stalks browned and rustling in the breeze. The last boles of cotton rested like little white powder puffs gently held in the tiny golden fingers of the stems. Farm land and fields peppered the roadsides. Cattle and horses grazed in pastures where fat rolls of hay lay waiting to serve as their winter food supply.
Barns began to rise up on the landscape, some skeletal with age, time having worn away their paint and stripped them of their usefulness. The scenery beyond was visible through their ribs. They were my favorite.
The air was pungent with the distinct smell of the area. I noted that it no longer smelled like home. It felt unfamiliar yet tantalizing.
We stopped at a park to walk a bit and stretch our legs. Wild turkeys and deer were everywhere. We witnessed a wedding by a bubbling stream at sunset. I hope that union, kissed by the setting rays of the sun, will be long and blessed with a life filled with happiness in spite of what hardships might come. It brought back sweet memories.
Today I took my friends advice, I lived. I experienced the journey through my senses and stored the sights in my mind, even catching a few with my camera. Mostly, I just sat, listened, thought, occasionally talked, and enjoyed the activity outside my window.


Blessings,
Miss Sandy

12 comments:

Vickie said...

Good morning Miss Sandy - lovely place you're visiting. And a cute little pink house to stay in. It reminds me of little chalets in Europe.

I hope you're able to soak all that beauty up on your trip and take it back home with you. I'm so thankful God chose to give us such a breathtaking world to live in.

Enjoy your time with your beloved (I miss Vee - she always says that) and make lots of new memories. And may this adventure sweep any burdens away that you may carry - leave them behind. Have a wonderful time!!!

Susie said...

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!! Oh how I wish I was experiencing that with you. As beautiful as it has been for you I know it's only beginning. Can't wait to hear and see more.

kathy said...

Beauty surrounds you -- as well as within you !!--My hardest thing sometimes -- it -- the term - Be still -- and know that I am GOd --
life swirls around and time goes swiftly , but I cannot give out of an empty heart -- only his filling --is my desire --
Nature and the views inspire that stillness -- Enjoy -- Kathy - ga

Becky K. said...

That looks like a blissful journey. Beautiful words and photos.

Becky K.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures and words.
QMM

LiLi M. said...

I still have to wish you a very pleasant trip! How nice that you take us along with you! Don't forget to rest too and to think a little of yourselves. Take care and enjoy the trip!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Sandy, I love, love, love every little tiny & big pretties in my goody box! Thank you, dear girl, for sharing out of your abundance. Enjoy your time with your handy hubby and relax! I will look forward to working on the journal when you get back. (Sorry I could NOT wait...I finished the front cover already...tee hee)
Sharon

KathyB. said...

Love everything about this post. You mentioned the smell, that the scent was different from home. My father once said something very similar that has stuck in my mind. We crossed from Washington state into Oregon, and then there is a point where our long drive towards his home town means going over high , steep mountains and then we find ourselves still in the mountains, but different type of forest. On one trip together we stopped for a picnic and he said that now he smelled the forest and air of home.I wonder if our crossing into eternity will find us saying that finally, we smell home, our true home!

Linda said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing your road trip with us. Glad you are enjoying yourself. :)

Shopgirl said...

Miss Sandy, these are so lovely.
I will be waiting for more and thinking about your fun time.
Hugs, Mary

Vee said...

Today you lived...now that's a commentary that we all need to experience more often. What a lovely journey you are on both physically and metaphorically.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

These photos are so lovely ~ I felt as if I was floating along side of you taking in the sites. Have a wonderful time Miss Sandy!
Love you!

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