Parkway vistas and Mingo Falls

In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain… when the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” “

Psalm 11:1,3

Saturday morning’s mountain expedition was the stunning Mingo Falls in the Qualla Boundary, near Cherokee. First, up 162 steps to the trail, then an interesting walk to the viewing bridge that crosses the river below the falls.

It was another cool day, overcast and a little rainy, making for some spectacular shots on my Nikon (I should be able to post the best of those some day next week). So I pulled out my phone too, making sure I had something to share for today.

We then headed to lunch via the Blueridge Parkway, driving through intermittent clouds and rain but managing a few viewpoints along the way. The vistas are always inspirational, and catching the flowers in the foreground (first image, above) made this photograph my money shot.

Throw in a visit to the historic Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva and – as Naomi likes to say – “It was a good day for a good day.”

My heart is always full when we’re in the mountains. Rebekah feels the same way too. These few days have been so good for us.

Thanks, Gayle and John, for the generous hospitality. We are blessed… and (just a little bit, there’s a long way to go) rested. – DEREK

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