I’m reflecting – Summer is passing by too fast. It seems the minutes, hours and days are all slipping away a little too quickly.
When I climb in bed long after the sun has gone down my mind can’t help but remember the peaceful days spent at Shinning Falls Lodge earlier this year. As I reflect, I come to a new realization of how my time at that beautiful lodge was a glimpse of paradise.
Yes, we caught monster-sized fish. Yes, we ate the most delicious food. Yes, we had fun visiting and laughing with new friends, but…it was something very different that has my mind going back to that beautiful place each night before I drift off to dreamland.
I can’t quite put into words – that true silence. There is something awe-inspiring about getting away. Not being surrounded by rush hour traffic, cell phone calls, report deadlines or even just daily household responsibilities. The only reports were gathered around the supper table and talking about the monster that was caught or about the one that got away. As far as traffic jams go, everyone trying to get out of the lodge after breakfast to get to that sweet honey hole that everyone was talking about the night before is about as bad as it got.
I understand that being alone in the wilderness may be a little intimidating for some. The knowledge of the guides, the maps provided by the lodge, and the experience of the staff had me feeling completely safe.
There is nothing like being surrounded by God’s glory all around you in its purest form. My alarm clock was the loon and instead of the smell of exhaust in the busy city, I awoke to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee that was hand delivered to the cabin door.
Shinning Falls Lodge was a desperately needed escape from the rat race and it turned out the be the ultimate relaxation trip. The relaxation I enjoyed that week is now something I crave. I got a taste of paradise and nothing in this busy, materialized world can quite match that simple, quiet and breathtaking week I spent in a little cabin and fishing boat. I would have never thought that a fishing trip in the middle of nowhere could have me craving to go back more than any 5 star spa.
Do you spend time reflecting?