With a bright, sunny day yesterday when the forecast was for rain, I guess it was only fitting that today’s forecast of rain ending by 8:00 AM ended up being rain all day. I began the day trying to get a handout printed for the conference. I went online to see if I could submit a file to a local store and pick up the copies this morning. I found a national chain that I’ve used in the past for printing but when I submitted my file and request for 50 two-sided copies, it said I could pick them up anytime after noon on Wednesday! That wasn’t going to be helpful, so I canceled the order and headed down to the lobby to get breakfast to start the day. After breakfast I packed my things for the move to the conference hotel and then drove a block to the copy store to see if Wednesday really was the soonest they could print my file. They didn’t have much good to say about the online interface and had my print job done within 10 minutes.
It was still raining lightly when I left the store but since I expected it to end soon, I headed into the park to do a little hiking before I needed to set up the prayer ministry display. I had mapped out a trail loop of just under six miles that included at least one waterfall but some of the reviews described the waterfall as “so-so”. When I reached the trail head, it was still raining but I decided that would just increase the beauty and flow of the waterfall so I put on my rain jacket and headed down the trail. I soon discovered that when it rains in the mountains, nearly every hillside has a waterfall flowing down it somewhere — including down the hillside trails. 🙂 While many of them were in the midst of the forest with little opportunity to photograph them, the beauty of all the flowing waterfalls was amazing. About midway into my hike, I reached the named waterfall that was the reason for my choosing this trail. Sure enough, the rain had amply supplied it with water and it was well worth the hike to see it.
The parking for the trail head of this hike was in the midst of what used to be a community of homes and cottages along the river. Today’s photo is of one of those homes that has been left to deteriorate after being bought to become part of the park property. Some of the homes in one area have had some measure of preservation done in an attempt to portray to visitors a few of life from a generation or two ago. But many of them are being left to die of natural causes as the roofs begin to cave in and the walls collapse. This one caught my eye because it appeared as if it would have been a very nice home/cabin when it was built and being used. The other side would have been the front and there was still evidence of a very nice stonework arch, sidewalk, and entryway leading up to the house. I love the park and think it is a valuable asset to our country but I also feel bad for the people who had to sell their family property because the park wanted it.
After finishing the hike, I drove up the mountain to view more of the rainy day beauty from the dry inside of my truck. After about 45 minutes of the heater blowing through the vents directly on me, my shirt was finally dry enough that I was comfortable again. The rest of the day was spent setting up the display for the conference and then attending the opening night activities before unwinding with some time in the hot tub.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- You shouldn’t believe everything you read online. Go to the source and see if what is being said is both true and in context.
- Sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone in order to get things done.
- They say that “into every life some rain must fall”, so I guess we better learn to enjoy what the rain produces.
- My endurance level seems to be proportional to my enjoyment level — and vice versa.
- Letting go of things for our own good can be difficult. Letting go of them for the good of others often takes the difficulty to a whole new level.
- It is good to have the opportunity to share what God has given.