I grew up in Missouri and appreciated the beauty throughout much of the state. Spending time on the Mississippi River as a teenager made me understand the writings of Mark Twain in new light. I always enjoyed going to Hannibal, Missouri to get a glimpse into the world of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Trips to the Lake of the Ozarks were quite memorable. After water skiing during the day, a trip to all of the tourist trappings on the Bagnell Dam strip in the evening made the experience complete.
While trips to Branson, Missouri and Silver Dollar City were less frequent, the memories still abound. Crossing the border and going into Eureka Springs, Arkansas to see the Passion Play a couple of times was a good experience as well. No trip to that area of the state was complete without a stop in Springfield, Missouri at Bass Pro Shop. The Precious Moments Chapel and many other attractions also beckoned at one time or another.
Living in Colorado near the Royal Gorge was a beautiful experience too. Hot summer days provided opportunities to scoot up into the mountains around Cripple Creek to reduce the temperatures by as much as 20 degrees. Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden and the Stations of the Cross in San Luis provided excellent pilgrimages within the state.
My position in Wyoming provided an opportunity for me to visit all of the churches across the state. The different sections of the state each have their unique beauty. Obviously, the grandeur of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park set the bar pretty high for natural beauty. Devils Tower, the Wind River, Sinks Canyon, and other beautiful areas were always a pleasure to see as well (unless it was in the midst of a snowstorm). My book, Articulating Hope, has a picture of the Bighorn River on the cover that I took in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
The transition from living at over 6,000 feet in Cheyenne to the low country of South Carolina is the most dramatic move we have had yet. The altitude, heat, humidity, and a two hour time difference are just a few of the basic transitions. However, walking through the neighborhood the past few days has revealed some of God's beautiful handiwork that I now get to enjoy. It is difficult to believe that a short half mile walk up the road permits me to experience such serenity and peace.
Enjoy the photos.