i suppose that everybody has their own concept of what a day off should look like.
what do you do?
when your soul is a bit weary and you need to recharge your body and mind?
i guess that i am pretty predictable. i like to have some quiet time in a place without any cell reception, preferably with my journal and lots of trees and water.
so i got up this morning and drove.
[this is Pioneer farm, my mom used to bring me and my siblings here when we were kids. it’s near Eatonville, WA. i didn’t have a plan, so when i saw the sign for it, i impulsively took the turn].
[these buildings are from the 1880’s, approximately. memories came rushing back].
[this was in the cute little town of Elbe, WA].
i went for a small hike in the trails surrounding Ashford, WA. aware of the foolishness of wandering too far by myself and without cell reception, i nonetheless could not resist a short jaunt. there was a creek with a makeshift bridge that captivated me. it was so simple, charming, and smart. i sat next to the water for while and just listened, letting the noise soothe my busy mind and soul.
[Ashford gift shop].
it was a short journey from there to Alder Lake, which is vast and shocking in color. it surrounds itself with hills rising up towards the sky and twists and turns around itself, revealing more just when you thought you had reached the end. i made my way past the individuals fishing, kayaking, and camping, and found a place of solitude next to the edge of the lake. i had packed a simple lunch: peanut butter and honey sandwich, dried mangoes. but it tasted SO good.
there, i sat for several hours. praying, singing, thinking.
[i found myself fascinated by the edges of the lake, concrete and abrupt. it looked like you would descend forever if you jumped off].
[naturally, the urge to dive in was irresistible].
[so, i did].
then, i hiked back to a part of the lake with stumps and other lovely plants.
Washington is an amazing state. i mean, i drove for less than 2 hours and came across all of this. it felt like paradise, and it was refreshing to my spirit.
[side note: i have decided that Toyota should pay me. because, i am obsessed with my Prius and take pictures of it everywhere. after all, i wouldn’t make impulse trips like this if i didn’t get 65mpg].
God is faithful to me, and i am ridiculously blessed. sometimes it takes getting away to really see that.
i hope that you feel refreshed today! whatever your methods look like. this is my version.