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Enjoying the freedom of our empty nest, my husband and I headed north to high country. Once we passed Greenville, on the tip of Moosehead Lake, there was no more cell phone service or any other type of service, besides campgrounds or perhaps a hunter who might lend a hand.
This was really the Maine wilderness. We traveled down a dirt road that got so narrow that the scrubby alders brushed the sides of the truck. We had to dodge large rocks and pot holes occasionally. Even with the new shock absorbers, we bounced around quite a bit.
After parking the truck in a small clearing, we followed a path filled with tree roots and rocks and mud down to the pond, too shallow to be called a lake. The far side was at least a mile away. We could see a canoe and small fishing boat hugging the edges, while the owners tried their luck, their fly lines flashing in the sunshine. There were no moose. I was disappointed. They must have heard that hunting season had started and headed for the hills.
Beyond the glittering pond, there sat row of mountains. Well, to us Mainers, they are mountains. To anyone in Colorado, they are just hills. I love to look up at mountains. They make feel so humble and small. It makes me realize the awesome greatness of the Creator of those mountains, yet He made the little grains of sand on my hand.
While my husband fished and we drifted on the gentle waves, I watched the mountains. One curved around just like a big croissant. I promptly named it thus: Mt. Croissant. Others humped behind it, like they were following their mother. The sky was filled with clouds, but occasionally, a spot of blue would open up and the sun streamed down. It would light up a circle of trees, spotlighting the fiery reds and oranges for a few seconds before the clouds covered it again.
Later we drove up Mt. Croissant (a.k.a. Hay Mountain, according to our atlas) to a spot where we could look across the colorful landscape. We could see the pond, like just a puddle nestled among the rolling bumps. The hills and mountains looked like a soft and fuzzy shag rug. The dark green of the firs and pines made the orange maples and yellow birches even brighter. You couldn’t see the rough roads, with the rocks and pot holes, or the twisting path with the tree roots and mud.
Life is like that. When we are on the mountaintops, we can see how far we have come and our destination. We forget how hard it was getting there, and we are encouraged to keep going. Every once in awhile, God gives us a glimpse of how things look from his perspective. He lets us know how a rough time helped us to become stronger or encouraged a weaker brother beside us. He lets us see answers to prayer or a soul saved. With renewed faith, we shoulder our load and continue down the rocky path, knowing He made that too.

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Linda Wright 01 Oct 2008
This is just lovely. It has a beautiful spiritual message as well. I have always wanted to see New England, especially in autumn. But since I live in Arizona, I will have to make do with your lovely description. God bless you, Linda
Linda Wright 01 Oct 2008
This is just lovely. It has a beautiful spiritual message as well. I have always wanted to see New England, especially in autumn. But since I live in Arizona, I will have to make do with your lovely description. God bless you, Linda
Anita Johnson 19 Jul 2008
Yvonne, this piece should help encourage all of us and also remind us of where we have been and where we are going. Also we need to stop, look and listen to the beauty and sounds around us while on our journey. Anita
Debbie Wistrom 07 Nov 2007
You have a lot to say in this message about our journey, keep writing.
collette mcfarland 05 Nov 2007
P.S welcome to the group. I see this is your first story! Hope to see more wonderful examples of your tallent!
collette mcfarland 05 Nov 2007
I agree with Ms. Shaw about the double spacing. that was my first suggestion also when I joined. The discriptions were awesome. I could see the scenery in my mind. I didn't know how you got in a boat though. did you carry it through the long trail? The boat ride just came out of no where. I am going to share this with some of my friends having a tough time!
LauraLee Shaw 01 Nov 2007
This is a beautiful illustration and an article that makes me want to pack up and head for the mountains. I always find pieces a little bit easier to read when they're double-spaced between paragraphs, esp. on F.W. with the plain fonts, but that is just a small suggestion. I love the descriptions of the view in your second to last paragraph. It made me feel like I was there....good job tying it in spiritually at the end as well.


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