I’ve been a little busy over the last few days, so I’m behind in trying to capture some of the moments from my trip to Maine and spending time with Sarah. I’m currently in Nashville at the Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (#DENSI2014 on Twitter), so there will probably be cross-postings over the next few days as I digest new ideas for teaching and learning and reflect on a wonderful trip to the NorthEast.
I tried to map out a few things ahead of time so there was at least the semblance of a plan in place when I got to Maine. Even staying just in the Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park area could keep you busy for months and months seeing new things. And when times are overwhelming, having things in bullet points and outlines seems to help.
After hiking up and down the Beehive, we drove over to The Jordan House and The Jordan Pond to see if we could have lunch. This may be one of the largest and busiest restaurants to which I’ve ever been. We were a little early for lunch, so Sarah and I started a trek around the pond. The trail was 3.2 miles, so we had time.
The trail was beautiful. It changed from soft earth paths to rock formations to wooden planks creating a bridge walkway about a foot about ground. There were several other groups headed around the pond, but it felt like just the two of us for a long time.
The beauty of hiking and trail walking is that it can either be a quiet time of concentrated exercise, or it can be an open, quiet spot for connecting with another human being. We chose the latter.
As we walked around the pond, Sarah asked lots and lots of questions. We talked about her life changes, politics, lifestyles, the future, relationships, family, my work, and the Bible. Lots and lots about the Bible. Questions about grace and forgiveness and legalism and maturity and interpretations and much, much more.
It was a great way to spend an hour and a half. No cell signal. No Facebook. No Twitter. No nothing but Sarah and me and a peaceful, restful, rejuvenating walk.
So the next time someone says to you, “Hey, let’s go for a walk,” remember that sometimes a walk is more than a walk.
Get up off your behind and go do it.