Thursday, May 22, 2008

Beauty Abounds

These days there is a lot of talk about the high price of gasoline. Because of the increase in cost, most people are cutting back to save money. It is estimated that fewer people will be taking vacations this summer.

Here's a thought---no matter where you live, there are numerous places to go and see, almost in your backyard. It might take some imagination and a bit of creativity, but this world is filled with beautiful places to visit that are closer than you think. Try "Googling" your hometown---you might be surprised by the amount of information you can find regarding museums, parks, picnic areas, hiking trails, campgrounds, etc.

This past Monday night, my husband and I drove up nearby Montpelier Canyon for the first hot dog roast of the season. It was a beautiful calm evening and we chose to build a tiny fire next to a favorite fishing hole in Montpelier Reservoir. We didn't catch any fish, but we did enjoy spending time in the outdoors after being cooped up most of the winter. The picture below shows the scenic view we enjoyed that night. And it only took us about 15 minutes to drive back home when it grew dark.

Yesterday, as we traveled from our home in Bear Lake, Idaho to Utah for a doctor's appointment, we spent an extra ten minutes driving up to the mouth of Ogden Canyon. (This canyon is located northwest of Ogden, Utah.) A waterfall exists in that location that is breathtaking this time of year, as you can see below.

On Saturday, I will be traveling with my mother and sister to decorate graves for Memorial Day. We'll be driving through a portion of Idaho and we'll end up in Star Valley, Wyoming. My camera and I plan to be very busy as we savor the natural beauty available in those locations.

Moral of the story: in keeping with the tendency to see the glass half full, I heartily recommend that you take advantage of the scenic wonders that exist in your location. It has been my experience that you don't have to travel far to find places of beauty. Remember, our Father in heaven designed this world for our viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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