Sunday Wanderings: Seaside and Forest / by Melody

The past few Sundays have been unbelievably gorgeous. What else can you do when the weather is gorgeous but be outdoors? Here are some photos from the past few Sunday wanderings I did.

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Last Sunday, my friend Megan and her husband Mitch invited me to tag along on a drive to the seaside. New Hampshire has a very short coastline (only 18 miles or so), but what we do have is beautiful. We drove straight due east and then turned to drive north up along the coast. The shoreline here is rocky and wild, with lots of tide pools, breakers, and colorful seaweed. We hiked along the rocks, gathering beautiful shells and pieces of wave-tossed driftwood to make things.

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We gathered tiny shells with holes in them and edges worn beautifully smooth. I incorporated them into a weaving I was working on, to add a textural bit of beauty to an otherwise plain weaving.

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A favorite!

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I love the New England coastline. It's so wild and rugged-looking. The sun was warm on our backs and the wind was kind to us, blowing softly and sweetly. I breathed so deeply that day.

Afterwards we went to Portsmouth and I introduced my friends to The Soupery. If you're ever in Portsmouth...you need to go. They literally have the best soups.

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This past Sunday, we decided to go on yet another adventure! The weather was a bit chillier than last week, but the sun was still bright and warm and cheery. I took Megan and Mitch to a place called Purgatory Falls, where (you guessed it) we hiked along a river and saw waterfalls.

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After hiking for an hour or so, we took a side trail and ended up on a snowmobile track that led up a hillside to a 'viewpoint'. The rocky road opened out into a beautiful wide field with a single tree in the middle and a long stone wall at the foot of the hill. There was a beautiful view of the Uncanoonic Mountains, and hardly a cloud in the sky. I laid back on the dry, crackling grass and I could feel the earth turning. Actually I think I was just dizzy from walking much harder and longer than I had anticipated, but it was special. That little clearing was so quiet and peaceful.

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It's so important to explore the world around you, and make time to be outdoors. To breathe deeply and open your hands and listen to God in the quiet. I'm hoping to make adventures a regular thing - to explore of my beautiful home state and exercise my body and breathe the fresh air. Stay tuned for more posts like these!