I used to absolutely love driving into the Smokies and Appalachians for work. I was easily able to enjoy the amazing natural views this part of the country has to offer. It's such a beautiful world we live in, and among my favorite parts of it involve mountains of some kind.
Like I said, I used to love it, but it has recently become a chore to really enjoy the mountains I am lucky enough to visit during some work trips. Today I went on one of my favorite drives; it took me from Nashville, TN to Boone, NC. Traveling through the Cherokee National Forest and into the Boone area is one of the most scenic trips I have been able to take. The views never disappoint, but it was a little harder this time than usual.
Maybe it's because I returned back from a five night trip on Saturday only to have to leave again 36 hours later for two more nights. I'm sure that was part of it, but lately, it's become increasingly difficult to enjoy these wonderful parts of the world without Nea and our daughter. It feels a little less full and deep with life when I'm having to see all of this beauty by myself. I'm still trying my best to enjoy it, but I really can't wait until I can return with my other two sets of eyes. It's a beautiful planet, and even more beautiful when we have others to share it with. I'm thankful that I have that, even if they are currently a full state away.
What are your favorite outdoor wonders to enjoy with your family and friends?