Virginia is a beautiful state, especially when the season of fall settles upon us. It’s that time of year when the trees arch in a rainbow of colors stretching up to the sky in a majestic fashion. Heading west on I-64 West toward the Blue Ridge Parkway, the views are stellar, breathtaking beyond belief. Such an array of color! On this particular bright October day, I ventured toward Crab Tree Falls, the highest falls east of the Mississippi near Rt 29 and 56. Once among the nooks and crannies of this mountainous region, a sense of calm beckons. It’s a rapture of sound and color, as the falls gush over past the rocks against a backdrop of radiant beauty. Climbing the falls, which is a distance of over 3000 feet is a arduous journey of circling around the mountain top until at last you reach the peak of the falls. The journey is a steady circular climb with many places to sit on a rook and rest your bones awhile, as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings, both above and below. Lots of folks were out that day with their children and dogs. Although I wouldn’t recommend that a child climbs it until the age of 6, as by then they can pace themselves for the journey. It’s a long climb. The same is true for any person with a weak lungs or someone who cannot walk well. I wouldn’t recommend it. One could easily become winded and not able to climb the rest of the way. Still, for those who are adventurous ,this aesthetic experience is well worth the effort. Experiencing this mountainous climb is both enthralling as it is challenging. After I reached the bottom of the mountain, I felt the well of joy when I thought ” I did it!” knowing that I had successfully overcome a challenge – and won!
I am thinking of wearing this outfit for Declan’s christening.
Give Yourself the Gift of Good Thought
When life seems to have you down,
Stop a moment and look around.
Stare up at the sky that’s massive and blue,
Listen to the songs the birds are singing to you,
Then, smell the fragrance of the flowers
That unveil their loveliness to you for hours.
And when you start to appreciate these things,
Revel in delight that thoughts have wings!
For like the clouds on a overcast day,
Your mind can shift the darkness away
When you simply fill your mind with love.
Thoughts created are like God sending you angels from above –
Bringing continuous joy your way,
Because such disciplined thoughts make your life more wonderful today…and every day.
These spiritual words of encouragement are freely given to anyone who wants to receive them, and are written by the author of Stories by Nancy. To receive your daily dose of good thoughts, click here.
Nancy here and this is a picture of my grandson, Declan Gunnar on the day that he was born. Look at that proud grandma’s face!
He’s THE most precious baby, so alert and easy going, just perfect in every way! Of course, all grandmas’ feel this way. Their grand baby is the best ever. However, we both know this quiet bundle of joy isn’t going to stay that way. We’re all very aware of the terrible 2’s! Still, being a grandma is wonderful, and it makes getting older a blessing.
Now that I am a grandma, I want to share this experience with other grandmas, and have them share their experiences with me. So, whether you call yourself “Grandma,” “Granny,” “Grammy,” “Gramma,” “Gamma,” or whatever, you’re welcome to voice your feelings and thoughts about being a grandmother on this BLOG. Share whatever information you feel comfortable sharing, special moments you’ve had, etc., and please send a photo ifyou can. These stories can be endearing, stories we’ll want to read again and again. Please use good English and grammar, and no vulgarity, crassness, or lack of common decency, ladies. After all, we’re grandmothers! We set the example for our daughters and other daughters to follow. We need to do our part by being the best grandma we can be, so we that we earn the respect of our families. Our stories might help our daughters become better mothers and make us become better role models for our children and our grandchildren.
After all, we’ve accomplished the toughest job on earth: being a mother. Now that we’re grandmothers we have a larger task to do and that to: Earn the respect of our children and grandchildren. These stories by help you accomplish that goal, as well as provide you with a family legacy that can be handed down from generation to generation, all because you initiated it.
You can post your story, along with other Grandma’s Stories on this Nancy BLOG. Post your story today. Just complete, the contact information found on this BLOG, so that we all may read, learn, and enjoy your story.
I think being a grandma is cool – and now we’re all grandmothers we can all be a bunch of cool ladies with our own Grandma page on the Nancy Travel Virginia website! That’s cool!
We’ve really earned this one, ladies so let’s enjoy it!