Monday, June 10, 2013
A walk in the woods, a nap by the river.....
Hello Monday........ finding it hard to get my compass set back to Chapel Hill reality after spending the last week in the Smoky Mountains. Trying to find the words to express all that we experienced, very hard to do. I think I'l spread the posting out over a few days so as to not bore you to tears....
This is the way our trip started out. We were screaming down the interstate and a band of bikers came up beside us. This one and another one had their dogs along for the ride. This little guy had red goggles and a helmet and was strapped in nice and snug for the road trip. He looked like he was drunk with joy!
We went on a bunch of hikes in the woods, fished in the streams, took naps, read more than I have read all year, relaxed on the porch to the sound of a gentle falling rain, ate fresh vegetables we picked up at a local produce stand, hung out at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where I bought this Appalachian Trail mug, played music, and basically took on sloth behavior, which was much needed and enjoyed by all. By the way, for the potter readers, this mug is very nice, the lip is great, beautiful amber glaze, but the handle is overkill. I am a handle girl, and this one is not my favorite, but I liked the AT symbol and since I was reading "A Walk in the Woods" while there, it seemed appropriate. If not for the AT mark, I doubt I would have bought it though...... but it is well crafted.
I took along my long indigo cloth from Cindy at Handstories blog, and my rock from Elizabeth Bunsen, placed them on our outdoor table and as I collected rocks and sticks I added them to the cloth. It was a nice little alter for our cabin in the clouds. Wesley found this sweet little heart rock on a hike one day. I love finding heart rocks!
I took my yoga mat and woven shawl and had mornings of yoga and quiet meditation. Sometimes there was sun, sometimes we were in the clouds, but it was always beautiful no matter what.
We all slowed our rhythm and found quiet time in the land of the Cherokee. I hope we can bring this slowness home with us, the days seem so much longer when you aren't rushing around trying to do something. All three of us are feeling the winds of change, just waiting to see where they blow us....