Summer Exploring

26 Jul

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

This summer it has been an absolute joy to spend time with our grandchildren, taking them to many of the places we explored with our own kids.  Yesterday, though we went on a new adventure, and took the grandchildren to Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia. We have passed the entrance hundreds of times on our way to Florida and on our way to Wal-Mart. Years ago we tried to visit the park but the road was too steep for our van and we didn’t make it to the top. The park is less than twenty miles from our mountain home and we have missed out on it for years. After that failed first attempt we overlooked it because it is practically in town and the signs were so familiar we just tuned it out.

Our first stop in the park was the visitor information center to get a park pass. Outside the building is an overlook and like all mountain overlooks, the scene was beautiful, but what made it really cool for the kids was they could see Wal-Mart.

We had a great time exploring the park, grilling hot dogs and we even saw a baby bear, the first bear sighting for our grandchildren.  After leaving the park we went to Wal-Mart. Our grandson was fascinated to be able to locate the park while standing in the parking lot. You see, for years he had seen that rough brown spot on the side of the mountain but thought it was just construction. How many opportunities and relationships do we overlook because the first time we tried was too hard or we just weren’t seeing what was there all the time?

2 Responses to “Summer Exploring”

  1. DiVoran Lites July 26, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    You are so right about our not being aware of the good things all around us. I just learned that my daughter is an excellent story teller just as my mother was. I love stories and I had been looking forward to chats with my daughter for years, but it just hit me this week. In the same way I have overlooked the sweetest most humble and simpatico people in my life maybe because they weren’t in any church or organization I was in or for who knows what reasons. Thanks for a grand story, Onisha with an excellent take away.


    • Anonymous July 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      I was appalled to have overlooked such a great park but the grandchildren were very pleased to have discovered a park their father hadn’t explored. It’s kind of like reading the Bible. I can read the same verse for years and then one day it lights up my world. There is a time for everything.


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