As I was looking around my favorite blogs the other day I popped over to visit Debbie at My Shabby Roses. She did a post about things that made her smile, and it inspired me to do a series of posts that I will call "Things that make me happy".
I think one of the things that brings me the most joy, is being out in nature. Of course I'm kinda particular about what kind of nature... (the desert is definitely out!) I like being among the trees, I love rivers and streams, and waterfalls. My sweetie and I used to go camping with my son all the time when we were first married. We traveled all over the state of Arizona. (It's really woodsy up north) We also picked spots where there were lots of trees and some kind of water. Unfortunately, we haven't been camping in quite a few years now, but I would go again in a heartbeat. What we HAVE been able to do (and I am very grateful) is take some pretty awesome vacations these past 3 years. The first two pictures are from the most recent trip to Redwood National Forest. When I say it is awe inspiring I mean it. If you get a chance to go I highly recommend it.
There is something so peaceful about being in the woods. I love the sounds of the wind through the trees, the birds chirping, and if I'm lucky, the sound of running water. When I'm there I never want to leave.
These two photos were taken during a vacation to Hawaii. The beaches were great, the snorkeling was probably the coolest thing I've ever done, but I didn't find my true happy place until we hiked into the forest/jungle. Green ferns and water everywhere. Plants that I have growing in pots in my home... with leaves the size of tires!! It was fantastic!
But of the last three vacations, we have taken my favorite by far was when we went to Tennessee. We rented a car, and just drove all over the Eastern half of the state. This has to be what heaven is going to be like for me when I get there.
Smokie Mountain National Park. I truly have never been in a more beautiful place. It's hard to describe the feeling that comes over me when I am surrounded by such beauty. Many of you may not be able to relate because you are surround by this type of scenery every day. But because it is a rare event for me, I cherish each and every minute I have in these amazing places.
This is my favorite photo I have ever taken. It is the wallpaper on my computer. When I look at it it brings me right back to that place. It captured that place so perfectly. When I was there, my heart beat a little faster, my breathing slowed to deeply inhale the smell of the air. Peace enveloped me. It is as close to God as I have ever felt. I was in my happy place.