As monuments fall to the ground around us, I was reminded of my love for Peachtree Rock which bit the dust in December of 2013 due to erosion, storms and visitors’ carvings after millions of years of natural life. Named for no one – just a wonderful surprise for amateur hikers and their four-legged friends. (A shout out to my friend Ellen from Great Britain who asked me about the demise.)
I think I see me at the Peachtree Rock Preserve
We each have our own places that remind us of who we are – or who we would like to be. Water does it for some people. Lakes. Rivers. Oceans. We are drawn to waters like these for their uninterrupted flows and timelessness. We can paddle our own canoes on a river or we can swim in an ocean or we can float behind boats in a lake. Yes, the water reminds us of ourselves and gives us a sense of peace.
Since I am a Taurus and have a general water phobia, I wouldn’t head to the beach to look for myself if I were lost. No, I’d go for a walk – not actually a hike these days – but a nice walk. If I were in Texas, I’d look for me in an old Dodge Dakota pickup truck. I’d be going for a ride in Grimes County to see the rolling hills and pastures filled with cows and horses, the bluebonnets in the spring or the splashes of bright red and yellow leaves on the hardwood trees in the fall. I’d enjoy the absence of traffic on the back country roads. Usually I’d stop for my walk at the Fairview Cemetery to say hello to my family and friends who rest there now, but the recent losses make this stop too painful so I doubt that’s where I’d find myself today.
No, I think I’d go to South Carolina to the Peachtree Rock Preserve. I’d park in the little area reserved for visitors to start my walk that is a mile on a narrow trail into the thick forest where lo and behold, I’d come to a clearing about halfway up the trail to find the Peachtree Rock rising majestically in the woods, resting on its perch as it has sat for millions of years. The rock is as timeless for me as the ocean; my sense of awe when I first saw it was as deep as the sea is for those who worship its eternal waves. I’ve only been there once, but the feelings of strength, serenity and sheer joy I felt when I was there make it the perfect place to look for me any day when I seem to have gone missing.
It was okay for me to bring a friend –
this is Smokey Lonesome Ollie – he also loved climbing
Stay safe, stay sane and stay tuned.