Montana is on fire and parts of Glacier National Park are evacuating. That is awful for many reasons. During my Tree Hugging Tour 2 years ago, Montana held a special place in my heart. Actually it made it to my top five places to move to, and is number one place for me once the hot flashes begin in my life. This road trip (Love Myself a Bit More Tour) was to peak in Montana at Bowman Lake. On my last day of work before this road trip, I joked with my coworkers to check on my whereabouts on September 17th. That was the day when my original schedule had me turning around to head home. My heart wondered if I’d simply stay in Montana or keep driving toward the West Coast.
Due to circumstances out of my control, I will not be traveling further West than Spearfish, SD. My goal at the planning of this trip was to walk in Nature and spend time with God. I felt very close to those two things when I was in Montana in 2015. Apparently this trip I will be meeting Nature and God in brand new places. New areas of South Dakota, Illinois, and Kentucky have been added to my 2017 tour along with a return to Western North Carolina.
Today I explored for the first time, Turkey Run State Park nestled in Indiana. It just so happens to be the middle point between the homes of my brothers. This park is filled with trees that grow right out of rocks. The message of these trees were, “I have shown you that growth can happen absolutely anywhere! Here I thrive on this rock ledge. You decide to thrive. Your physical situation does not determine that.” I smiled looking heavenward while silently saying, “I hear you.”
Choosing to thrive