Thursday, October 6, 2005

Memories of Cades Cove

There's a loop road up in Cades cove in my favorite park you can bike or hike.  It's 11 miles total.  It's easy to lose track of time and get lost in the beauty of it all.  The first time I went there I did it by car, the second time by bike, and third time I hiked it.  The last time I went I visited some of the places I had remembered, revisited some of my feelings under and old tree I'd picniced under.  Putting a rock in my pocket so I could have something tangible to put with the memory.  I have this feeling in my heart that is really good when I was here.  There's a spring in my step and I pick up the pace.  By foot I see so much more than I did by car and bike.  It occurs to me that my walk through life is a lot like that walk there at Cade's Cove.  I've completed three scores and seven years how much further will this road take me.  This too puts a smile on my face.  I'm ready to take Mike up there, I know he would love it.  I'm not in a hurry to leave this life, I know our time is not in my hands.  I do feel the aches from time to time.  I can't run like I used to .  I got a little grace from Carol's journal today, she's back from vacation!  Yayy!  I was missing her and her vision she gives us.  A beautiful one at that.  She has the grace in her earthly walk.  Check out her vacation shots.  She visited Cades Cove too.  Thanks for a little bit of grace I felt today. Picture from Hometown


mosie1944 said...

I've been to Cades Cove too!  

eternallife23 said...

Sounds like I place I would love to visit.

judithheartsong said...

beautiful post. judi

joolsinwa said...

lovely hun,reminds me of a topic I need to discuss with you soon.

eynl said...

What can I say..... you are very sweet.

indigosunmoon said...

I haven't been to the Smokey mountains in over ten years.
I would so love to go back sometime.  Sooner than later!
Cades Cove is a beautiful place.
Love ya Derek!

barbpinion said...

I love reading what you write, Derek; the way you express yourself.
Big hugs,

deabvt said...

Yea, Carol & Derek!!

mkolasa101 said...

Hey there, I loved your post, took me back to the first time Fred and I drove into Cades Cove.  At first we were taking pictures of all the deer, and the old barns and the old homesteads and just the beauty of it all, then we realized there were deer every courner we turned, almost what Heaven must be like, a safe place for them where people just oooh and awe.  I will never forget our first time there either.  I like you anology of life coupled along with you daily life.  Sort of like a quote from one of Dan Millmans - The Peaceful Warriors books - We are involved in a mystery that passes understanding, and our highest business is daily life. Quoted fy John Cage.


sistercdr said...

I love Cade's Cove.  It is one of the most serene places I've ever visited.  There's something about the place that says, "Hush now and pay attention.  You'll be rewarded if you do."  And you are.  It's positively restorative.

justaname4me2 said...

It is amazing what a person notices when they slow up the pace and look around. Life is a bit like that though huh, speeding by in a car, or slowing up in a nice walk motion. I'm off to check out her entry~