The last experience I had that left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated occurred last summer, when my husband and I and our friends, Kathi and Don, spent a weekend at the Cabins of Willow Winds in Asheville, NC.
Although last summer was not exceedingly hot or humid at home, the weather the weekend we were in Asheville was absolutely wonderful. We were worried because the forecast was for rain, but all we had was a brief shower one afternoon. It was in the evening that we really noticed the difference. The cabin had floor to ceiling windows, which we cranked open, and the most delightful breeze of cool mountain air flowed in, carrying with it the sounds of nocturnal creatures, insects and frogs and the like. Those sounds brought back memories of the summers of my childhood spent in a cabin near a lake. There, I would be lulled to sleep by the nighttime chorus of frogs and katydids.
We went on a ghost tour, and walked through the botanical gardens. Kathi and Don tried their hand at fishing in a pond on the premises of the cabin and we made our dinners in the cabin. Last year was an especially tense one with family illnesses and other stresses, but those three days in Asheville stand out as a small oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation. There’s something about mountains that have always had that effect on me.
the mountains gather round me
endless folds of smoky blue
and the sun ignites the crystal drops
of early morning dew
wisps of misty water vapor
wreathe a distant mountain peak
and I feel a deep connection
with the spirit that I seek
in the mountains, in the places
of the wild and the free
are the answers to the problems
that quite often trouble me
so I come for grace and comfort
and I come for sweet release
my spirit seeks the mountains
here I find my inner peace
When the pressures of life build to a peak
Some people find solace in shorelines and sea
But it’s often the higher ground that I seek
For it’s always been mountains for me
When I stand on a ridge at the top of the world
From worry and care I am free
I sing in the sun with my spirit unfurled
It will always be mountains for me!