After a week and a half of driving and not much physical activity, Chimney Rock was a welcome stop. We hiked all the way to the top (elevators are for sissies!) and then out to the waterfall, then back down to the parking lot. The elevation got to me a little as well as the lack of exercise in my life of late. But it was beautiful scenery and I always feel at home in the mountains of North Carolina. Plus, I learned that my dad’s favorite movie The Last of the Mohicans was filmed there! The lake in the background is where they filmed Dirty Dancing as well.
The weekend was relaxing and included some of my favorite activities – bonfires, hiking, mountains, motorcycles, friends….I just wish my brain had been a little more in gear for better conversations, but it was worn out.
The road trip continued on Monday as I headed towards Raleigh and stopped by to visit a colleague. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve seen her! Even if it was a quick visit, it was nice to finally see her “sanctuary” and catch up. I got to explore the park below in Greenville while I was killing time and even with the misty rain it was a quiet place to talk with God.
I got to catch up with a family I haven’t seen in a couple of years. Tim was one of the single guys around when I was a kid who would get us to make waffles for him. It’s neat to still be able to visit and have a connection.
I even got to sneak in a visit with past backyard neighbors. It’s hard sometimes to keep up with where everyone is living and they just moved but were still on my way. Hurray! So good to catch up with them and meet the new puppy, Skye.
I finished the trip up in Goldsboro visiting people I had met when my brother was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB. It was fun to get to know several people better and finally get to meet one gal in person! Then it was a 10 hour drive to Orlando…l.o.n.g…d.r.i.v.e….I made it and was so happy to see my long, lost bed.
While I enjoyed visiting with everyone and catching up, I arrived home quite tired – physically and mentally. I think the being constantly on the go is what makes it most difficult. I go between being an extrovert or introvert depending on the situation but after two weeks of being an extrovert I need some introvert recharge time. Although if you consider I haven’t been home in two months it makes even more sense!
I wish I could live close to everyone but that is the life of a missionary. God brings some pretty cool people into our lives but we have to be ready to say good-bye when the time comes. I’m grateful for the trips that I am able to make to visit everyone and treasure those moments of time.
And so I sign off from this road trip with a huge thanks to everyone who prayed for safety, who hosted me, who I got to visit with, and who are my friends. I am blessed to have you in my life!!