Basil and I had a free day and thought we would go on one of our wild and wonderful trips. We knew it would be in West Virginia and all in a day time drive. We were looking for something and knew where to find it.
We spent some time at Babcock State Park over 40 years ago and remembered the serenity and peace of this remote and quite place. This would be one of our destinations today.
We have three vehicles, but this would definetly be a “trucking” day. We stopped at Hawk’s Nest State Park and realized it looked the same as it did years ago. I remember going to Hawk’s Nest with my parents as a child. Back then, there were souviner shops all along the road and vendors hung out bedspreads for people to purchase. Most of the shops have been closed. The mountains are the one thing that still hold the beauty and tranquility of West Virginia. No one can change it.
We finally arrived at Babcock State Park and it was like a place where time had stood still. We rolled down the truck windows and let the breeze rustle our hair and cool our faces. Most of the cabins were still nestled in the overgrowth of mountain laurel and thick pine trees. It was so quite you could hear the water rushing over the boulders in the creek and in the distance you could hear the birds singing.
We drove through the park and recalled memories of staying in one of the cabin years ago. The cabins are well equipped with electric and moden appliances and most have a fireplace. I just needed to smell the smoke from the chimney to make the scene perfect.
The green trees were like a canopy over us as we drove through a tiny one lane road. The darkness under the trees provided a perfect place for thousands of ferns to find a place to present their message. The deer were at peace as they ate their fresh greens in the fields.
We borrowed some of this peace from Babcock today. This was a good time to reflect and learn how to pray for those that are hurting. I felt so close to God and just took time to talk to Him. We can find peace in the most unusual places.
West Virginia has many places where you can leave your burden and pick up a smile. Try it!