My favorite reset button
This afternoon the universe gave me a gift; an unexpected free afternoon, perfect weather and close proximity to one of my "happy places", Hopewell Lake outside of Morgantown, PA.
I've been traversing the trails around this lake since I was a babe in arms and have carried my own babies on these same trails.
There is something special about having an intimate relationship with such a beautiful place. I have circled the lake in knee high snow, through Springtime's budding green and Summer's lush warmth. But if I am truthful, I love it best in Autumn.
As I walked the familiar path, it struck me that it was the perfect metaphor for life. Sometimes easy, sometimes challenging, sometime clear, and yes, sometimes obscure and a little scary. But the path is always there and no matter what your thoughts are on the divine, it is an excellent place to
" Be still and know that I am God."
I am so very lucky to have parents that understood the importance of nature to the nurturing of your soul. As a family, we've camped from coast to coast and all through Canada,
(with pressed clothes and tablecloths). We do have standards.
The gift is priceless and reminds me of a wonderful book that every parent and grandparent should read and take to heart.
The Last Child in the Woods
Other books on my nature reading shelf -
The Invention of Nature
And another fascinating read
Don't overlook Henry David Thoreau's classic
and a few thoughts from Robert Frost
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Stopping by the Woods on a Winter Evening
What is a trip to the country without a stop off at a local farm stand? The apples were wonderful and I had to bring some home.
It was a great excuse to try out this recipe.
What a shame the recipe only called for 1/4 cup of hard cider. What to do with the rest of the bottle????
Apple Cider Donut Cake