A couple days ago we drove east, out of the mountains of western NC and made our way to the middle of the state. We were on our way to Baden Lake located in the Uwharrie National Forest. The trip was bittersweet, as I was going there for a dinner and to say goodbye to my colleagues of 19 years.
I hadn’t planned on taking my camera, but at the last minute I threw it into the car. I had remembered there was a waterfall I had been wanting to photograph that was right on the way. We stopped for lunch just before we got too far on the interstate and I pulled out my waterfall map to see exactly where it was. I quickly realized I hadn’t really investigated it thoroughly and though the waterfall parking area was only 3 miles off the interstate, the trail to the waterfall was over a mile. We hadn’t brought hiking shoes or clothes, so I abandoned that idea… for now.
I was feeling a little disappointed, but then we reached the lake. It was late afternoon and about an hour before sunset. The golden sunshine glittered on the water and I could see silhouettes of water fowl and fishing boats. We needed to check into the lodge, but as soon as we got our things to the room I headed back out. I didn’t know the area well, but I found a cul-de-sac with a short stretch of woods leading to the lake. The boats had left and the ducks had moved on, but it was still beautiful.
I finished there and headed back to the lodge. I had only needed to go out on the back deck for the final sunset show. It was simply breathtaking!
Truly, my camera could not capture what I was really seeing with my eyes.
The sun set and then it was time to head to dinner. It was a lovely time, and saying goodbye was a little sad.
Serenity takes many forms. It’s peace of mind when a difficult decision has to be made, it’s quietness after a long and busy day, it’s contentment when you are sitting on a park bench watching small children play without a care in the world, it’s happiness when you get to be with your loved ones.
For me, this month’s serenity is fulfillment. For a career spanning over 30 years and hopefully… a job well done.
The Serenity Project is collective blog consisting of members who strive for all things serene. This month is no exception in finding serenity all around us in this world. Mabel Chow is next in line. Follow the circle around to see what she captured this month.