Yes, summer is dwindling… and as I spend small portions of days preparing to send our kids back to school I keep running across reminders of the vacation that was not so long ago, but seems so long ago.
The drive took us through breathtaking views of West Virginia mountains where we were awed by trees as far as the eye could see. It was amazing to see so many undisturbed miles without areas cleared away for development. My views on chopping down trees are no mystery. Can you just imagine how invigorating the air in the middle of those mountains must be?
I think about our kids running wild over the Jockey’s Ridge sand dunes, the largest active dune system in the Eastern US. What a difference to those treed mountains… conditions on the dunes are so harsh, vegetation can only grow on the outskirts. But the sunset… ah, the sunset. The silhouettes in this photo are actually our precious kids, standing where the top of the dunes (that are believed to have been formed millions of years ago) seem to meet the sky.
And what beach vacation doesn’t include lots of ocean time. Just the sound relaxes me. I could watch the waves for hours on end and I get wrapped up in how vast and amazing the ocean is. The irony is that one of our favorite adventures was trying to find sea glass washed up on the shore. This sea glass is actually glass that has found its way into the ocean and gets tumbled and smoothed by the water, sand and salt. Every time we found one it was like finding a real gem and then I start to wonder what it came from, where it originated, who touched it before us and even how it wound up in the ocean. Yes, ironic that Mom Goes Green and family found treasures in something that started as ocean litter!
The point of all of this is simply that experiencing the mountains, the sprawling dunes and the incredible ocean reminds me of another quote by Divamish Indian Chief Seattle:
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”
… tread lightly in our daily lives, because this planet is truly amazing!