Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
150Trip End May 16, 2008
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"The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for." - Louis L'Amour, writer (1908-1988)
It was cold here the night before last. Actually, a record low for this area. Not something I was expecting. But I'll take the bad with the good. It's 18/64 and it's just after noon. A few days ago I indicated I was heading towards Charlotte...that is...before I found a brochures advertising the Chimney Rock Park in western North Carolina. So I took a 3 hour detour....over the Eastern Continental Divide to arrive in Swannanoa, North Carolina. Less than an hour from Tennessee and next to Transylvania...the county...not the home of Count Dracula.
Yesterday I went to visit Chimney Rock
There's a souvenir shop at the top of the elevator shaft
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller, author, activist, lecturer (1880-1968)
I spend considerable time at the top of the waterfall. I stop and take a snack break and take numerous photos of the water flowing. The youth come and go. As I'm leaving I find a folded piece of paper on the ground. Not wanting to leave any garbage in nature I pick it up
A while back I finished reading the book, "The Secret of "The Secret". I indicated I would report back on my findings. For those who haven't seen the DVD or read the book, it's about the "Law of Attraction". That we attract in our lives all that is good and bad. The DVD goes on about how we can attract only good things...good health...wealth...relationships...life. The DVD made it sound like this "Law" has been hidden for centuries and that this was big news. This "other" book was written to "unlock the mysteries of this runaway bestseller". The author of this book did a lot of research to see if what was shown in the DVD was correct. Most of her findings was that most of what was shown in the DVD has been around, and not "hidden away", for centuries, in one form or another
My daughter Alexis saw the DVD at school. One of the teachers had seen it and decided to show it to her class. Being a Catholic school, and the age group this was being shown to, I found it a little..."odd". The counsellor I was seeing at the time had seen the DVD and thought I would enjoy it so she lent it to me. After watching it, I did what I always do with topics I'm introduced to, I did more research (just like the Baptist Church). I found "The Secret" website and ordered 3 copies of the DVD (1 copy for me, 1 to lend out, and 1 to give to the counsellor so that she could lend it out to more people). So, I re-watched the DVD with Alexis. Then Alexis made her "Vision Board"...pictures of things she wanted, just like they indicated in the DVD. This "other" book concludes that people will become disillusioned when life doesn't hand them what "The Law of Attraction" says they can have
"A huge granite mountain cannot be denied-it speaks in silence to the very core of your being." - Ansel Adams, photographer, conservationist (1902-1984)
Nature has been designed for us to experience it. Theme parks have been designed to bring nature's experiences closer to home. I found a sign on one of the paths about playing on the trails. That gave me the title to my blog. But it also gave me the insight into thinking about all that I have experienced to date on my Journey. The Earth really has been designed as a giant playground to be experienced...from the bottom of a cavern...to the top of a mountain...to the seashore...to the flat prairies. The difference between nature and man-made playgrounds is that when you really take in the experience of nature it reaches down to your soul
My experiences at Chimney Rock were not the serenity I would have expected. The sounds of youthful cheerfulness broke the silence I was hoping to have. But it gave me a different feeling. Listening to their laughter made me smile. I met numerous other people on the trail. Couples, families, young and old...they were all extremely friendly. Nature does that to people. Something you don't find as much of in a man-made playground. The parking lot was full when I returned to the start of the trail. My drive down the mountain was less relaxing and fun than the drive up 3 hours earlier. I met (head on) numerous cars coming up.
I have started reading a new book..."Einstein's Dream". This book is pure science...physics and mathematics. I never took physics in High School, figured I wouldn't need it as an Accountant. Einstein's Dream is about a theory that Scientists the world over are trying to solve. What connects the "macro" world to the "micro" world. As coincidence would have it, as I'm scanning headlines on CBC online, I notice a headline that blares out "Surfer makes waves with scientific 'theory of everything!". This ties in directly to what I've started reading
And lastly I must admit that I am no longer "almost a genius". I am just "above average" now. I was invited on my Facebook account to download this IQ test application. One morning I took the 15 minutes to complete the test. Results came back different than the last time. Oh well...can always do it again some other day...maybe it'll say that I'm below average...or...even that "I am a Genius!". But then...does it really matter what these tests say?