Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hidden Miracles

A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to take a short trip to the C&O Canal in Maryland. We are familiar with the canal and had visited several different sections since childhood. This Sunday, we decided to pick a lock on the canal we had not yet experienced.

As we drove, my husband missed our first choice; Pennyfield Lock in Potomac, Maryland. He didn't see the sign he was looking for. We drove further north, missing the next two locks: Violettes and Riley's locks. We had our dog, Happy, with us. She doesn't like riding in the car usually but she seemed very content. I, however, had a few minutes of tape running through my head:

"Why didn't he just turn? That's what an adventure is-no signs."
"There WAS a sign. Why does it have to look like what YOU want it to look like?"
"Well, I could complain or enjoy the ride. Happy seems to be doing just that."

We drove a bit further where the road narrows and turns to gravel. We turned around and began our search for a gravel parking lot with a wooden Park Service sign.

As we came around a bend, we saw it: The sign for McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. We had arrived somewhere. Even though neither of us had any idea what we would find, it was a chance to walk around a bit and let the dog get fresh air. We walked across the parking lot towards the information station, beyond the post and wire fencing to an opening in the tree line.

Seeking a bit of adventure and stoked with curiosity as to how far a walk it might be to get to the canal or the Potomac River,we headed through the opening and immediately gasped in unison. There, in front of us, was a field of thousands of sunflowers! a sea of smiling faces shining toward all visitors. Happy must have sensed the significance of this event because she took off to encircle the entire field!

What an amazing adventure we experienced that day. We shared it with as many people as we could. Without giving away the breathtaking scene, we directed them to the gravel lot near the trees....

Seeds Of Possibility Framed by Sunshine

Coach Renee

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