Paradise Meadows

Paradise Meadows truly lives up to its name.

We are blessed to live, about, a 40 minute drive from here.

The first time we hiked in this park, I felt like I’d died and gone to Heaven…

The clean air, the silent air, and the air of sacredness all around us took my breath away.

If you stay on the boardwalk and the main trail – the hiking is relatively easy; however, if you stop to take pictures… you’ll need to be in sprinting shape, so you can catch up with the group!

At any moment, I expected this tree to say, “We have… decided… that you are… definitely… not… orcs!”

The Whiskey Jacks were delighted that our kids were generous with their trail mix.  I rationed mine, since I knew I might need to share it with some hungry bird lovers!  I was right…

There were an enormous number of hikers out today!  Yet, it was not crowded, at all: Everything was just still and serene.

One lady was out with her dog, Brodie, who was a rescued dog that has blossomed under her love.  He has chased off a cougar while they were out hiking before.  I’d say he loves her, too!

Water, trees, and rocks abound in this park.

Because of the short growing season, and harsh winters up here, the trees grow much slower and denser.  Mount Washington Ski Resort is a stones throw from this trail.

The weather was partly cloudy, and cool, for an August afternoon.  The previous two times, I went for a dip in one of the lakes… not today!

But, oh, the lake looks lovely!

Just looking at the forest pictures, conjures up the cool, fresh and earthy aroma we feasted on, as we traversed the trail.

I wonder if this will still be standing, when we come back next year?

There’s a lot of life flourishing in this meadow.

Even the bark – has a story to tell.

Berries tell me that there are probably bears around.  We saw a shiny black bear, as we drove away, later.  I took several wildflower pictures… but I’ll show them on a future post.

The clouds seem to want to share some of the glory.

“As a still lake reflects creation, so may our hearts reflect the Creator’s glory.”   – greenlightlady

Reflecting by grace ~ Wendy