Being a country girl at heart, I found it refreshing to get out of town last weekend for the backroads of Virginia. Destination: Madison, Virginia for a church retreat at a beautiful country farm house. We had an awesome time of community building through fellowship and praise, eating and cooking delicious meals, pistol and clay pigeon shooting, hiking, making smores over an outdoor fire and stargazing (talk about the most amazing view of the sky at night that I have ever seen–and all the shooting stars to behold, magnificent!).
Late Saturday afternoon, two friends–David and Christy–joined me for a run along the gravel road that wound its way around the country neighborhood. It was pretty hilly, but breathing in the fresh air and hearing little to no traffic, was a great change of pace from Northern Virginia running.
Along the way, we made a friend. A cross-eyed dog named Henry.
He followed us for a while along the trail until he spotted something in the distance and took off like a lightning bolt to catch his prey. Under the fence he dove and raced into the field to got what we think was a groundhog. It all happened in the blink of an eye and here’s the video to prove our reaction.
As we continued on our run I enjoyed the company of conversation and peaceful surroundings. We saw Henry on our way back, still out in the field, enjoying some play with his half-alive little friend. It was a sight to see! Animal kingdom of Virginia.
Post-retreat, I had a great week. Felt energized every day and inspired to be a better friend and person to all I encounter. Coming off a bitter presidential election, I noticed how much the city can harden you to other people, and surrounding myself by other believers and getting back to my country roots helped to re-ground me a bit.
Today, I spent the afternoon again in the country in Warrenton, Virginia for a little winery tour so it was nice to see that one doesn’t need to go far from the city to find a little respite and peace to recharge the batteries!