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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 5

Fox & Broom|30 Days of Thankfulness

Day 5: Place

I am thankful for St. Augustine, FL. I love that place. It is the perfect mix of crazy and elegant. And I have the best memories that stem from visiting St. Aug. I love the food. I love the shopping. I love the historic sites. I was basically a resident, but I still loved to take the trolley tours.

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3 thoughts on “30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 5

  1. I was just there, thinking of you every minute!

    To me, places always seem wonderful when I visit there, but become tedious if you live there. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to escape the mountains. Now I love to go there and run through the woods like I did growing up.

    A couple of years ago, I was in one of my infamous “situations”. I went up to N.C. for a week in the summer. One particularly gray and misty morning, the kind the Smoky Mountains are known for, I decided to take Zan for a hike to see waterfalls. We drove up into the Pisgah National Forest and onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, twisting and winding and climbing, and the higher you go, the more you ascend into the fog. At some spots, the sides of the road drop off thousands of feet into the valleys, but all you can see is pure white.

    I found the mile marker we were looking for. We took a short trail to lower Falls, which has a very lovely, deep and clear swimming hole at the base. However, it was foggy and raining and the water was ice cold, as always. So we took the long trail to Upper Falls. Because it had been raining, the trail was difficult, and at some spots you had to hang onto trees to swing around the puddles on the trail. We walked through flat meadows overlooking the Graveyard Fields, so named because of a fire that turned all the trees to standing figures of ash. We went up and down. We struggled over boulders. Way beyond when you think the trail will never end, you reach the Upper Falls. It comes gushing over the rocky cliff with a thunderous noise. You can walk across the rock worn smooth, I drank from the stream that continues plunging down the mountain and splashed my face and felt wonderful.

    Places are defined by moments. Just like material possessions, they are much more precious when it is a challenge to attain them. I think that to feel true gratitude, you have to experience the pain of the struggle.


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