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It’s the journey….

July 9th, 2012

We awoke and realized we had arrived at the Last Day of our adventure.

Neil had to work that day so we met him for lunch. Then we drove over the Fell (hilltop) to a little town called Alston. It was a beautiful town on the hilltop complete with cobblestone roads and a pub built in 1611.

We stopped in for a tea and had some wonderful conversation with the locals all about Canada and the United States and about everything in between.

English pubs are such social places. I think it’s becuase the pub is so small that you can’t help but overhear everyone’s conversation so it quickly becomes one large conversation in which everyone in the place is involved. It is truly enjoyable.

On the way back, we stopped at the top of the fell to take some photos of Eden Valley and to say goodbye to the beautiful paradise that lay below us.

As I sat at the top of the fell, I couldn’t help but reflect on the past five weeks…all that we had seen and done…all that we had learned and felt…

…I learned that happiness is a journey, not a destination….

…I learned that for an extravert like me, the journey is more enjoyable with a companion….preferably a living one….

…I learned that sheep are very entertaining animaIs…

 …I learned what Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he said, “Only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars”.

In the midst of a dark, cold and rainy day, I learned that my husband is a star…

…I learned that travelling involves leaving little pieces of your heart scattered all over the world with the hopes that one day you will be re-united…

…I learned that, “Sometimes things just work out.”…

…and sometimes things are what you make of them….

…I learned that beauty is everywhere, all the time, but sometimes it requires effort to find it…

…I learned that few things are better than a hot drink on a cold and wet day…

…I learned that peace is a fragile thing that should be handled with care…some people have never known it….

… I learned to cherish each day for you never know when it will be your last…

…I learned that a sunny day is only one out of many forms of “beautiful day”….

… I learned that if you love what you do….it’s not work…

…and that you must always take time to play…

…I learned that involving as many senses as possible when experiencing something increases the overall experience….

…I learned that the path to achieving eloquence (or any other form of great character) is steep, narrow, filled with distractions and is many times dark and dangerous….it must often be travelled alone….

…I learned that, with or without legs…I still suck at sports…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…I learned that no dream is too big, too small, too silly, or too remote to come true…and that making new friends is a truly rewarding experience…

…and I learned that while on the quest for beauty, meaning and happiness…

…sometimes the most important things are staring you right in the face.

What an overwhelming adventure. What a special experience!.