2018: Page 55

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • The day wrapped up a quick 30 hour family adventure that took the place of a planned President’s Day outing.  For me, sometimes it is more about taking the time to do things as a family than it is about making the time — the time is often able to be found if I really want to do it.
  • We stayed in a hotel room that had a heating unit with a thermostat issue.  We started with the temperature set at 68 degrees but the heat kept running and the room kept getting warmer. 
  • By setting the thermostat as low as we could, which was 60 degrees, the room was comfortable all night long.
  • Reading reports, figures, and “objective” information is good, but sometimes you don’t really know how something is until you are physically present in the midst of it — the interpretation of the numbers don’t always tell an accurate story.
  • People are a lot like that too.  You learn more if you actually spend time with them. 🙂
  • We began the day driving around looking for snowy owls in an area where they have been seen much of the winter.  We didn’t see any and our primary objective of the trip was to enjoy the beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area, so as the sun broke through the clouds we headed to the lake.
  • It can be easy to get sidetracked by interesting things and completely miss your intended destination if you’re not careful — I guess in some circumstances there is nothing wrong with that if you don’t care where you’re going.
  • Unfortunately, the same is true in our walk with God.  The temptations to stray from the path are often things that appear quite interesting and attractive.
  • While the trail we wanted to take was too steep and icy to get Susan’s wheelchair up it and the scenic drive with multiple lake overlooks was closed for the season, we still found some great places to take in the beauty of the day.
  • If we become too set on seeing things in the manner we want to without considering other viewpoint opportunities, it can be easy to think what we’re looking for can’t be seen.
  • I think people need to get out and enjoy nature more.  Most people we encounter on hiking trails in the parks we visit are generally more friendly than the people I cross paths with in other places.
  • The conditions were near perfect for long distance views.  The sky was clear but the sun hadn’t been out from behind the clouds long enough to create the haze that often appears over the water on a sunny day.
  • I find that I get the most accurate view of my life when I spend time with God early in the day before any of the haze of the day has time to accumulate.
  • After enjoying the beauty of the Sleeping Bear area, we made our way down the coastline toward home with stops at various lighthouses along the way.
  • It was a lot of miles packed into a short amount of time, but it was time well spent with my family enjoying life together.  Once we arrived home, I spent some time going through the photos from the day and then headed to bed, leaving the writing of today’s page until the next morning.
  • Today’s photo was taken of the South Manitou Island Lighthouse from the shoreline of the “mainland”.  From what I’ve read, the channel that runs between the island and where I was at is about 6 or 7 miles wide . . . this is what I call a long distance shot!

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2 thoughts on “2018: Page 55

  1. I know that when traveling it is good to be flexible and thus avoid disappointment! Sounds like that trip was an exercise in finding the silver lining and taking detours. Such is life.

    • For some reason, I tend to be more flexible when traveling than at other times . . . perhaps I need to figure out why and apply some of that to everyday life. 🙂 It was a great trip and while we had ideas of things we hoped to do, our main goal was to enjoy the day as a family and take in as much beauty of nature as we could . . . I suppose with goals like that, flexibility in the details is a little easier.

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