I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I intended to be. - Douglas Adams
Some people have such a great sense of direction, they can find their way wherever they go. And then you have people like me, the ones they made the G.P.S. for. And even with a map and the latest equipment, we can sometimes manage to get turned around. My girlfriend and I sat out to drive to the lavender farms in Sequim, Washington. My husband and I went there last year and he drove. After the first farm, he had seen all he cared to see and was ready to head home. I was in heaven and I longed to linger and explore. I decided some trips are just girlfriend trips, and the lavender farms was one of those. We packed a picnic and started our journey on a beautiful northwest summer day with mild ocean cooled temperatures, and warm sunshine.
I somehow managed to get off the direct route highway and onto a winding back road taking us through small coastal towns along the waterfront. The road was still taking us into the direction we were meant to be, so we just relaxed and enjoyed the views. It was a constant enfolding surprise as we would wind around a bend and exclaim over the most incredible views.
We found a picnic table along the side of the road and stopped to eat lunch and stretch our legs. We watched the eagles fly overhead and the clam diggers along the beach. The views were amazing and we laughed how part of the joy of the journey is just relaxing and taking the joys as they come, not necessarily the destination. But I was hoping the winding roads would eventually take us to the farms…
Eventually we wound our way along the coast and found the lavender fields. They were beautiful, and I could have spent an entire day surrounded by a purple haze of lavender and picking bouquets. But I think the joy of the trip was in the journey, the serendipity of joy when you discover a hidden spot of beauty you didn’t expect to find.
Stop by next week, and I will continue the journey through the farms and the fields of lavender.
May you by surprised by unexpected joys this weekend, and wise enough to simply relax and just let the journey enfold as it was meant to all along.
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