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Bethel Ridge/Liberty Township Hike

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I could do it. I did it once yesterday, braving the frosty air and silver white skies to hike the trail that snakes through my woods. But today brought more beauty that took my breath away. The sky, after the storm moved through, brought some of the bluest skies I have seen in awhile and one of the prettiest sunsets that winter time could offer. I set off on my trail only to end up a few roads over in Bethel Ridge. The air, brisk, chilled the tip of my nose. I hoped I wasn't pushing my luck by leaving the warmth of the fireplace once again, but somehow, I lost track of my thoughts...and time.

Out my back door...

Passing a dilapidated shack on my right...

The old Landrum Cemetery...there haven't been Landrums around here for years and I wondered who takes care of the property.








I notice the sun starting to set...

Time to head back home. I secretly hoped all the holiday goodies wouldn't put me passed the bridge weight limit...

What a beautiful sky...








Nearing home...

I decide to take a detour through my woods. During warmer days I sit on this make-shift bench to think and to reflect. Not today. My tush would freeze.

My pond. Partially frozen. And yet...my heart is warm.


I am actually fulfilled. I don't know how many times I longed to move from this place. To be a part of "the city." To escape winters such as these. Now, I don't know why I would EVER feel that way. God has put me where He needs me to be. Where He knows my heart is complete. I've never thought of myself as a country girl. I've often thought I was "misplaced." But is there anywhere else I want to be? Today?

No.

This place suits me just fine, thank you.

God bless you and keep you where ever YOU may be tonight.

You are loved.
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SPARKONSKATES 1/20/2013 8:16PM

    Really nice pictures. I love winter. I live in CT and can relate. I've also hiked the whole AT trail with my parents when I was younger. I can really appreciate that fact knowing another spark person here is out there enjoying gods gifts that's right out there under our noses. Enjoy !! Happy Hiking this year.

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 1/14/2013 3:09AM

  Love the pics and your connection to God's beauty in His paint brush. They also remind me of home in Wisconsin where I saw winter's beauty such as this. Beautiful!

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SHARON10002 1/4/2013 11:51PM

    So very glad that your heart found joy and contentment during the holidays.
Good to know that you'll be starting the year with balanced, mind, body, and spirit. Once again, loved the pictures. I can never get enough snow!!!!

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SNOWSNAKE 1/2/2013 9:52PM

    Very Awesome tour, Im not sure where you live, but I've never seen anywhere quite so serene, so beautifully peaceful...of course you give the pictures a life with your words....warmth, care, feelings above and beyond the simple snow that lies covering the stories you tell. Thank you, I am so glad I took a moment to read your blogs. You make a difference, and I needed that today! Love, ***SNOW*** emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 1/2/2013 5:46PM

    So beautiful. It's so nice to appreciate the beauty around us.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/1/2013 8:34AM

    Great blog as usual!!

Thanks for being a great Spark Friend and Inspiration in 2012.

Looking forward to see what 2013 brings us!!


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JADOMB 12/31/2012 12:05PM

    Enjoy the beauties God has bestowed upon us. But wear warm socks. LOL

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BRADMILL2922 12/31/2012 1:41AM

    I love hearing how happy these two walks the last two days have made you! It is amazing how something like taking in some nature and enjoying just the simple things around us can make us feel. It may be cold outside but I know exactly the warmth you felt in your heart.

Again, like yesterday, thank you for taking such wonderful pictures and sharing them with all of us! If I wasn't mistaken, I could take you as a professional photographer ;) They really are fantastic shots and really give us a good idea of what you see on your hike. We may not get to breath in the same clean, crisp air that you got to but we get just a glimpse of the beauty you were fortunate enough to absorb!

I don't blame you one bit for not wanting to be anywhere else but there! If your heart is happy, then that is where you need to be! Oh, and don't mind those pesky weight limit road signs, they are just estimates anyways ;) Love you!

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WALLAHALLA 12/31/2012 12:10AM

    Beautiful! I SO miss living in the country. Can't be selfish though. Right now we live where hubby's job dictated. But I have dreams of one day returning to the peace and quiet and beauty of country living.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 12/31/2012 12:06AM

    lovely pictures and beautiful words to match!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/30/2012 10:41PM

    Beautiful hiking pictures. It's wonderful that you feel you are where you should be!

Happy New Year!

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USFBULL 12/30/2012 10:37PM

    emoticon two in a row, emoticon emoticon

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CARTOONB 12/30/2012 10:29PM

    I'm happy that you're happy.

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DOVESEYES 12/30/2012 10:27PM

    Beautiful place you live in lovely.

Glad you made it over the bridge emoticon

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JEWELLE217 12/30/2012 9:18PM

    Loved your pictures and your sentiment!

Happy New Year and God bless to you as well!

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AJDOVER1 12/30/2012 8:47PM

    what beautiful pictures. This place isn't as photogenic, but I'm right where I belong.

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FREDSEVOLUTION 12/30/2012 8:33PM

    Wow! That looks like you are on vacation. I would not move from there either. Great pics

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