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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?

Jacqueline Sampson

Saturday 31st of August 2013

Thanks for the reminder! I think we should all take time out more often to reflect on our lives cuz' it just passes by way too fast! Your getaway to the Lodge sounded like so much fun and relaxing :) Thanks for sharing


Monday 12th of August 2013

I am so sad that the days are getting shorter.


Monday 12th of August 2013

....but (I hit delete just before enter and lost part of my post !) I do love walking through the forest on an autumn afternoon.

Janet M

Sunday 4th of August 2013

Beautiful picture. Sometimes we need to stop and reflect as we are too busy.


Wednesday 31st of July 2013

daily household responsibilities is the worst thing ever! to me now anyway. The picture in this post looks so serene... I love places like that.

Suzanne Smith

Wednesday 31st of July 2013

Beautiful pictures and sentiments, Jody. You have represented the Shin(n?)ing Falls Lodge very well and also, very simply, reminded us that time to think in silence and reflect is precious for our own peace of mind. Thank you.