This place! This place has my heart. Hook, line and sinker.
It's ironic - we live on the coast, minutes away from the bayshore and shore, and my heart belongs to these mountains.* Yes, New Jersey has mountains!
When we are up here, in this area, in these mountains, I am home. Or maybe it's more accurate to say that my soul is home? I don't know how else to explain how I feel when we are up here.
Sadness knocks at my heart when it is time to leave, and once back on the coast, I am overwhelmed by heartbreaking homesickness! That homesickness is downright awful if we've been up here for more than a few days.
I struggled through snow past my knees and even up to my waist in spots to get from our camper to the dock, my favorite morning spot when we're up, but I was too exhausted given all the trekking through snow yesterday (plus a night at the Worst Motel Ever - more on that another time) and this morning just to get to the camper (because apparently our driveway hasn't been paved all winter). Having a case of the over-tired giggles didn't help matters much! (The deeper my boot would sink with each step forward, the more I giggled). I climbed on top of our picnic table to catch my breath and take this photo of "my" mountain, which I haven't seen since January. I couldn't leave without doing so.
Then I went back the way I came and we hiked back through our site on the island, across the lake and through our old site. The snow at the side of the road was extremely deep (waist deep on Hubbs - he found out the hard way on our way to the camper) and uphill - I had to grab one end of his walking stick so he could pull me up onto the road, and as he did, my giggles turned into an all out LOL fit!
Exhausted but couldn't sleep last night, so I was printing out photos from this weekend. (Love having a printer with blue tooth! Printing the photos right from my iPhone. It's truly the 'simple things' isn't it?!) I have many more to share with you.
Do you have a place like this? Do you live in the place in which you (or your soul) feels most at home, or do you live elsewhere and visit this place? What did your weekend look like?
*(Please don't misunderstand me, I am very blessed to be able to live here where we do on the coast, I don't not appreciate this blessing).