I just returned to my apartment from traveling to eight distant cities in twenty-seven days. Before I left on my long trip, I had just settled into my new living arrangements and was only here long enough to unpack. Once I returned from my journey, I didn't realize that I do not exactly remember where I live in my building. A sweet lady stopped me in the lobby and as we were chatting she asked me what floor I lived on. Only remembering what my door looked like, I took a wild guess at the second (which turned out to be correct lol). After talking for a bit, I found my door, came into the apartment, threw everything I had on the floor and collapsed on my bed. It was so nice to be back! As I began to unpack, it was like I was a kid in a candy store, finding things that I forgot I had in my room and holding them up like they were something new. Initially, when I left, I was only scheduled to be out nine days, but because of changes, I was out a month, so having access to more than my light packing was amazing. Even though I was glad to get back and rest, I am extremely grateful that my plans were changed and I was able to encounter new places, with new people, with new experiences.
This time has gone by so quickly, and yet I am still on the move. I can honestly say that I am loving the fast-paced, constant travel, continually active atmosphere. It keeps me on my toes, sharp and ready. If you know anything about me, you would know that I have high energy, so this is a perfect blend for me to exert my ambition into something I truly enjoy.
It was after a skills challenge we decided to go to the top of the mountains. While on the way, our driver told us about a beautiful waterfall on the other side, so of course, we opted to go see it. Along with the twists and turns, you could see the amazing view out before us (if you get motion sickness, you would not have made it through the first five minutes without getting nauseous). We would randomly stop for selfies and to take in the culture of the city below and the beauty of God's nature around us. My favorite part was the monkeys! They were everywhere, just hanging out and doing their own monkey thing. Once we got to the waterfall, we had to walk down lots of stairs to see it. The monkeys were all around, which I was loving, but was careful not to bring their attention to me, knowing that they outnumbered me if something went awry. The waterfall was a majestic site. It glistened in the sun and the sound of the water crashing below was harmonic. It was cold and the crisp air added to its beauty. Other than laughing at the intoxicated fellow who got in the below freezing water and took a selfie while standing underneath the waterfall, it was picturesque (Lol!).
From the mountains to the monkeys, to the waterfall, I see God's beauty. He gives us life and puts us among his astonishing creations. As we continue in our normal, busy lives, pausing to see His works can allow us to capture His closeness every day.