Today, I am reminiscing over some of the good times I had during my childhood. I spent approximately half of my childhood in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The Black Hills are one of the most beautiful locations in the USA, in my humble opinion. The fragrant ponderosa pines, the granite peaks, the areas of open plains, and the arid weather are all so charming and wonderful. Thoughts of the scenery in the Black Hills awaken feelings of joy and peace in my heart. I have sweet memories of driving on winding, quiet roads with forests on each side. I have sweet memories of hiking in the beautiful forests, and also of standing on beautiful hilltops and mountain peaks and gazing at the beautiful views below.
I have sweet memories of herds of deer and flocks of turkeys…and of the laughing gobbling of the turkeys. I have sweet memories of miles of dirt roads. I have sweet memories of the rustic, hardy culture that exists in the Black Hills, of the big ranching supply store in the nearby city, and more.
One of my favorite spots in all of the Black Hills is Black Elk Peak. Wow, oh wow! This peak, the highest peak in the region, affords an excellent view for miles. You can look down at the toy-sized Mount Rushmore and you can feel the breeze blowing-unobstructed by forests, hills, and other mountains. The view is majestic, the breeze feels wonderful and your body radiates with endorphins after the mildly strenuous climb to the top. I love Black Elk Peak. My family and I have climbed it approximately sixteen times.
Nature has a pull on my heart like few other things in this world do. I feel refreshed, peaceful and joyful when I am in nature. My mind feels freer, my heart feels lighter. I just feel good when I am in nature. I love the grass. I love the trees. I love the sky. I love the animals. Nature brings me so much joy… I am so grateful that God has given all of these gifts to us. He loves us all so much.
I hope that today’s short and informal, reminiscing blog post has brought smiles to faces and warmth to hearts. I also hope that you all will stay tuned for next week’s blog post which will again be about Bible prophecy.
Blessings and courage. 🙂