When Jasmine and I were at the bottom of the large portion of Burgess Falls on Monday, I was looking for a rock or two to bring home to add to our waterfalls feature in our yard.
It is something we do when we visit somewhere that has some interesting rocks. A simple way to bring a memory back from elsewhere and add it to a spot we look at and admire.
While at the edge of the water looking through the vast rocks along the shore, Jas took a photo of a large rock. I joked that I should bring it home, but truth was, it was a nice rock, but not extremely showy or incredible to look at. I was wrong.
Jasmine went home and adjusted the filters with her photo program to show the beauty she had seen there at the edge of the water.
What a gift to have. And when I saw the rock after knowing what I saw for myself in person, it made me realize that she also makes me feel like that rock: Bits recognized that might be hidden to some.
It also caused me to think of those that I am seeing in bad light in my life and how I need to change the filter so that I can see the hidden areas that create a positive emotion instead of a negative one.
What a simple lesson from a rock and a friend.
Yesterday we had a nice brunch before heading out to hike to one of the dramatic water falls in the state.
I had thought there would be time to visit many, but time flew as fast as our conversations.
We headed off under soggy skies toward Burgess falls but as the rain increases and the weather app said we might have better luck later, we swung around back to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
It is a massive hotel complex with separate wings and in between are large atriums filled with plants and water features – a boat ride can even be taken.
Once we had toured all of the areas, we once again pointed the car east toward Burgess state park. The rain continued and even got worse and with four traffic accidents passed – two on each direction of the highway, I began to wonder if maybe it just wasn’t meant for us to go.
Soon our chatter had outlasted the patter of the rain and we started to see some clearing and by he time we reached the parking lot, the sun was working to peek through.
Burgess has a small upper falls,
Followed by a larger middle falls,
And then the spectacular lower falls.
I am so glad we had continued on through our doubtful moments to see them.
Left today to make it back to work by mid-day. A harsher reality to be sure.