Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings





It almost seems impossible that someone as young as Anne Frank was so insightful and positive. Even in the face of all the terrible atrocities she faced in her short life she was the epitome of grace.

A few days ago I wrote a post about the seedy underbelly of the blogosphere; GOMI. Lately, I've found myself more and more disenchanted with the blogosphere--with the world in general really. But then I saw this quote by Anne Frank. It put things into perspective. It reminds me that despite my feelings to the contrary,  I have options. When I'm feeling sad, I have the option to escape. I have the freedom to leave the confines of my home. This is so much more that Anne did.

And so this weekend, we escaped.  We traded in the noisy overbearing city for a few hours of quiet reprieve in the mountains. It wasn't much, but it was enough. And for that am grateful.



Nature has this way of reminding us that there is so much more magnificence in the world than what you can find in a mall. It reminds me that there is so much more to the world than what can be found on a computer screen.

We enjoyed every second of our adventure. This was the first time Jasmine has been hiking, so she was just bubbling over with excitement at the prospect of being unleashed into the wilderness. She ran ahead of us eager to explore the unfamiliar.



James was in his element. Quietly taking in the beauty that nature had to offer. We enjoyed our time together; as all families should from time to time. 



Every single person we passed on the trail was kind.  They all had the same look in their eyes. A look of contentment. I suppose we probably had the same look in our eyes as well. We stopped and chatted with nearly everyone saw. It's amazing what you can learn about a person in a few minutes. 

By the time our adventure came to an end, I could tell no one was ready to leave. So as we drove away and the mountains faded into the distance, Anne's words reverberated in my mind and I made a solemn promise that we would soon return.



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  1. I think that was a great plan!! Nature is magnificent--it's wonderful to go out and be reminded of everything that's real and true and good!

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    1. Yes, nature is quite spectacular. And healing. We're going back this weekend :)

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  2. Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. You have a wonderful blog.
    Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

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    1. We had a wonderful time. Thank you for stopping by Angel (I just love your name by the way!)

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  3. I have yet watch that movie, I need to, it is supposed to be so awesome. I am a new follower. Have a great Labor Day!

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    1. I would suggest reading the book first. There's something so moving and inspirational about reading the words she wrote. So beautiful. It's such a reminder to be kind to others.

      Thanks for stopping by. You have a great Labor Day Weekend as well!

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  4. I can't imagine not being near the out of doors. I have lived in cities before but have always managed to find a way to get into the wood or the sea or even a garden in a park. I feel the same way as you and Anne Franke. I start to get a little overwhelmed if I am not into nature on a fairly regular basis.

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    1. Something about the fresh air is just so healing and inspiring. After I got back from our trip I was able to crank out about three posts back to back. Apparently nature is my muse :)

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  5. I'm a new follower; your site is great! Carrie, www.amothersshadow.com

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  6. Hi Reese! I'm your latest follower. Thanks for c0-hosting the Favorite Things blog hop. Yes I know what you mean it is so wonderful to take time out from our busy lives sometime and just connect to nature.

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    1. LOL, I actually didn't even know I was co-hosting ;) Fail! I'll be sure to swing by and check your site out as well. Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. Yes, sometimes you just have to get away and decompress, I need to do that this fall. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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    1. I agree, it's great to decompress. You guys have a great weekend as well dear!

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  8. I love spending time in nature and definitely do not do it enough! I'm so glad you were able to recharge this past weekend! And whenever you feel disenchanted I hope you will remember that you are a big part of my positive inspiration in the blogosphere!

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    1. Thank you Christine! It's crazy, even though there are 100,000,000 other bloggers in our community, sometimes it can get a bit lonely in here. I've done A LOT of thinking these past few weeks and decided I need to take a short little hiatus to get some things in order.

      This in my final semester and I'm taking an honors course as well as my capstone course (which is notoriously difficult). I want to be able to dedicate the little bit of free time I have to spending time with Jasmine, who is growing a bit too quickly for me.

      I'll probably be around for another month so I can publish all the posts I have pre-written, but then I'll be gone for a month or two. But, I'll still be stopping by your blog.

      Thanks again for the words of encouragement.

      -Reese

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