A while back, I asked Charming if we could go on a family hike together.
Despite our beautiful summer weather, we hadn’t done any hikes, yet, and I was really feeling the need to get away from the world for a while.
It was only two weeks after our miscarriage, our second house still hadn’t sold, and I was feeling heavy and stifled by one of the most difficult summers of my life.
Fortunately, Charming thought it was a great idea and when the appointed Saturday came, we packed our lunches and loaded up the car to find a nearby hike Charming read about online.
But when we got there, we drove right past the trail head marker without even seeing it.
And five miles later, we pulled over at a ranger station to get directions.
“Oh, you can’t miss it,” the ranger said, “There’s a big sign on the east side of the road.”
So we turned around and went back.
And he was right.
There was a big sign on the east side of the road.
That big sign read, “Gobbledeegookersnuck.”
And suddenly, we didn’t feel so bad for driving right by it before.
Then we unloaded the car and it was time for our little family to embark…..
….. Into a breathtakingly luscious forest.
Where my soul sang its love for ferns.
And peaceful trails.
And moss covered trees.
And my awesome boys.
It was exactly the break we needed.