Photo by kindergartenknowledge.com at Shenandoah National Park.
I became mesmerized by the peaceful grace of the Blue Ridge Mountains when I was just a child. I will never forget the winding roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the hiking trails that seemed so mysterious to me. The almost constant fog…or so it seemed…was indeed a vision of mystery to me.
I feel the same way today…even after visiting other mountain areas…much taller mountains…even more stunning and more magnificent vistas. The Blue Ridge Mountains, Smoky Mountain National Park and the Shenandoah National Park hold a special place in my heart. When I visit Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia…I remember my relatives who most likely walked in some of these same beautiful places. Places that offer an envelope of calm feelings for me.
A stopping point along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park became the location for the photograph at the top of this post. Closing my eyes, I can still feel the quiet atmosphere, the peace of the lightly blowing wind and the past intertwined with the present.
The foggy weather will eventually disappear, but the memories remain intact. I remember the laughter of visiting Shenandoah with our daughter and close friends…hardly anything better on a summer day!