Until that morning, I had never so intensely experienced the cool confines of an ancient hemlock forest! The moss covered trees were saturated with water from last night’s heavy rain fall. Millions of tiny water droplets clung to millions of tiny twigs, glistening like diamonds in the early morning light. Evaporating water filled the dense, jungle-like woods with a lingering mist. The visually-arresting vegetation and age-old flora accented the rushing, audibly-captivating streams and waterways. Cathedral State Park, situated high in the mountains of north-eastern West Virginia, is one of the last commemorations of the vast virgin forests that once covered the Appalachians!
There are not many other places I would rather be for my birthday outing! Leaving our home as early as possible, we reached the historic forest in plenty of time to soak in the beauty and enjoy God’s creative creation. With camera (and tripod) in hand, we hiked all over the small, 133 acre park for two hours. God providentially brought out the sun and held off the rain until we had all piled back into the van at noon, muddy, exhausted and happy.
Yes, it is refreshing to visit a new place every once in a while. But in new places it is very easy to overlook what is intricate or insignificant. Your own backyard hosts as many spectacular elements of creation as a large stand of old trees. Make sure to enjoy the extraordinary blessings of simple creation that God generously gives you every day!