Journal Entry 5

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Many years ago, my family and I went to the Red Wood Forest in San Francisco, California. It was beautiful. The trees were massive – reaching as far up into the sky as they possibly could in all of their natural finery.

Despite the cold temperature (who knew it could be cold in the summer?), we were all excited to see such an amazing part of God’s creation. As we started down the wide, gray pathway – clearly meant for visitors, my brother pointed out another path. It veered straight up and to the right. Unlike the larger pathway, this one was not as wide and had dirt for its bottom.

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For some reason, the thought did not occur to us that this was not the normal pathway to take, and so, we switched directions and headed on up. And we certainly went up! The sun’s rays spilled out in bucketful’s of warm, buttery happiness with the birds occasionally adding their own little tune.

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After about an hour of hiking, we all began to wonder ‘when is this going to end’? Surely it could not last for much longer…right? We were practically at the top where the pathway had shrunk so much so, that it was now only wide enough for one person at a time. And we were literally the only people on this path – save for a couple, several yards ahead.

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Hello small pathway and drop off to the left.

Tick. Tock. Two more hours went by.

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#ontopoftheworld

By this point, we were done and ready to say adiós to the Red Wood Forest. Thankfully, we finally, reached the end of the pathway.

And that is the story of how my family and I got lost in the Red Wood Forest.

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Family Lake Trip

Last week, my family and I drove up to North Carolina. We were meeting my dad’s side of the family at a lake house in the Appalachian Mountains for a get-together-vacation. The scenery was stunning! Even though I’ve grown up living in a mountainous area, these mountains were far grander! The size and magnitude of it made me marvel at God’s creation. And to think, that he spoke something of such vastness into being!

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“And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so.” Genesis 1:9

As we drove up the narrow, dirt road of the Appalachian Mountains, my writer mind was bouncing off the wall with ideas. If I could have, I would have stopped the car and spent hours taking pictures! Inspiration was everywhere.

When we finally arrived at the lake house – which was beautiful – I had a bit of a mini-crisis. Wi-Fi was not abounding. And given the fact that I’m a bit…attached to my internet connections, it was definitely not something I was particularly happy with. It ended up being a good thing though, since I actually wrote in my diary and looked at some magazines I had been meaning to look at, but had never taken the time for.

I also did a few “firsts” on this trip. I tried kayaking for the first time, and actually liked it! I even went by myself for a bit (this is coming from a non-risk-taking/adventurous person, so you must understand the significance of this lol :p). I also tried paddle-boarding, though I didn’t go as far out on the lake with that as I did with the kayak.

On one of our days there, my mom, grandmother, and I drove into the local town of Cashiers. They had beautiful pieces of furniture, and several antique stores. We went to one store, called Gracewear. They had really cute t-shirts, cups, and jewelry in the Gracewear collection. This was actually the original Gracewear store and as such, we were able to meet the owners. It was really neat and we talked about Jesus together for a while.

We had a great time at the lake, and I thought it would be a great spot to come back to for future vacations!

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My brother and I on the dock of the lake.

 

~ Southern Dreamer