Recently, hubby and I have become obsessed with traveling. Ok. Let me rephrase that! Recently, hubby and I have allowed our obsession with travel to take over our lives.
Before, it was only a dream, wish, and hope. Now, we’re actually living it and trying to figure out ways to live the traveling life permanently.
So far, we’ve traveled domestically, and even drove from Atlanta to California with our 13 month old daughter. But now, we’re looking to go international.
When we’re not driving around the country, we get bored and restless pretty easily. We’re ready to move and go and see new things. So when we’re back at home, I try to find places locally we’ve never been to before. I love walking and hiking in nature. I found a nature trail not far from where we’re currently staying. Funny how something can be right around the corner from you and you might not even know it’s there. Awareness is funny in that way.
So, we went to Arabia Mountain. We parked. Hubby strapped on the carrying case and we headed toward the trail.
Since I had not heard much about this park, I didn’t have high expectations. I was just happy to explore a new place. Plus, it gave us a chance to test out our new baby carrier before our big trip coming up next week! I’ll announce the location soon.
So as we started walking, we saw a few signs pointing to different parts of the park. I was craving the ocean so we decided the lake was close enough and headed in that direction.
Part of the trail even looked like a little like stone mountain. We were walking on rocks and stones. It was beautiful and vast and we were the only people out there.
It’s so important for families to do this! To spend time with each other, creating a foundation for the rest of their lives together. In silence. Just listening to each other. Aligned with each other. This is the feeling I can sometimes forget when we’re back in our normal lives. I forget how amazingly bonding it is to be alone with each other.
So we put our electronics away, except for the occasional photo, and spent time in silence with each other. Skye was sleeping. But I’m sure on some level, she could feel our devotion to each other in this moment. There is the loud sound of frogs as you walk through the trail. Although we never saw any frogs, we could hear them very loudly and they eventually lolled Skye to sleep.
As we continued to walk, we came up to this brick structure. It looked like it it use to be some kind of prison. We thought it was pretty cool. We tried to figure out what it was, but there was no sign or information about it and no clear markers. It was still cool none the less.
We eventually heard the lake and knew we were headed in the right dir“yection. As we continued to walk, the sites and sounds become more and more interesting. the lake was beautiful, even in the winter. And the sounds of the water flowing was relaxing.
We were so surprised that this spot existed so close to where we were staying. It was beautiful. And very fun and romantic spot. And still, we were all alone on this trail!
I stood by the water and did some positive affirmations. Out loud. With yoga asanas or postures.
It was amazing. I wanted to ground this feeling of peace and oneness into my body. I wanted every part of me to remember it because it was exactly what I was trying to accomplish in every part of my life. It was my new foundation for living.
What a beautiful surprise! We stayed here a while and just soaked in the beauty of it all. I wanted to go further into the woods, but Matt cautioned that it was about to rain. I protested until I began to feel the tiny drops on my head. I still wanted to go further to see what other treasures we would discover, but alas, I yielded because we didn’t have an umbrella and I didn’t want the little one to get soaked.
So we headed back to the car.
He held my hand too.