Friday, August 16, 2013

365 Inspirations—228: Get Away

Coming home to Seattle after our getaway
"He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left".—Chinese Proverb

It was raining when I pulled up to my friend's house yesterday. I parked near her house on a city street and dragged my bags to the foot of her cement steps and left them there. Then I walked up to her front door and rang the doorbell. I was greeted by her dog and twins.

We had a plan to get away. It would be me, my friend, her twins and the nanny.

That morning, we escaped from the city to my family lake house. The rain didn't hold us back...what's a little rain in Seattle anyway.

We arrived late in the afternoon and the everyone, except me actually, swam in the lake despite the clouds. I was late to join them–feeling the silence of my room at the lake and enjoying their sounds of laughter and fun from afar. My father was there too. He's in town from Florida and I'm sure our parade definitely broke his peaceful silence, but I have a feeling it was a welcome break.

That night we dined outside on the deck and the clouds had completely disappeared by this time and we even had a bit of a sunset.

The moon and stars came out and the next day we awoke to more sunshine.

More sun meant lots of swimming, dining on the dock, jumping in the lake, taking boats out, resting between swims, and just plain relaxing.

After we had all showered off the last traces of lake water from our sunburned bodies, we had time to reflect and relax on the ferry home. The sun was slowly sinking and it cast a magnificent light on the views all around us.

Since our car was parked in front of the ferry, we stood up on the bow of the boat and watched as the city got closer and closer. We stood up there right until the boat docked.

Now I'm home and sleepy from our wonderful two-day summer getaway. Time for sweet dreams....

Have you gone on any getaways recently?

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