Dale and I have enjoyed a few days of a “Stay-cation” this week, meaning we have taken some of his vacation days to travel locally. What a blessing it has been to take some day trips and see sights in our area. Of course, you know we didn’t take the main roads! We traveled so many curvy country roads I didn’t regret not getting passes to Dollywood this summer! =)
One day trip took us Midway, Tennessee where we visited this lovely covered bridge. It was so quiet there. We sat on a large rock near the bridge and just listened to the water and the stillness.
While winding through the scenic routes, we were greeted with some incredible rainbows! We saw them spanning mountains, reaching over lakes and embellishing country churches. They were breathtaking…
Watauga Lake is about an hour from us and has become a favorite spot for a picnic or just sitting and watching the boats.
As you can see in these pictures, we’ve had some awesome times together this week on the Scenic Route “Stay-Cation!” We’ve listened to CD’s as we traversed the country. We have eaten simply, but well. We have read Scripture at a picnic table, sat quietly with no words, and also bowed our hearts and heads together in prayer.
Sometimes the Scenic Route is so very simple. It reminds me that just like we “stayed” close to home, we want to “stay” in love and close to one another. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost much in terms of money, but it costs in relation to being intentional – just doing it!
So, I ask you, what simple thing could you and your spouse do even this weekend? Just the two of you!
Is there a local spot you could enjoy together? A lake? An historic spot you’ve not visited? A country road you’ve never driven? Why not pack a simple picnic lunch and head out in the near future? You might have so much fun you’ll forget you missed this year’s destination vacation!
Refresh your marriage with a Stay-Cation on the Scenic Route!
For other Scenic Route dates look here and here for starters!
10 thoughts on “Stay-Cation on the Scenic Route”
Well I would definitely call this the scenic route! The bridge, lake, and rainbows—beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend. 😊
Yes! We saw so many beautiful sights! So thankful!
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I love seeing and hearing about your Stay-cation. The back roads are always my favorite and so are covered bridges and old homesteads and barns. We took a drive on the Fourth of July…..close to Mt. St. Helen’s. My husband pulled over by a little river he took and nap and I read. I, also, got to enjoy seeing people fishing and families floating by in their boats. It was a lovely day.
Your 4th of July drive sounds perfect! So glad you got to enjoy that together!
We’ve had numerous rainbows here in Pa recently, more than usual. Reminders of God’s promise!!
Amen, Stephanie! And isn’t the Lord so good to remind us so frequently right now when we truly need those promises, seemingly more than ever?!
Just got home from one of our favorite local coffee spots – actually went for lunch. Which was yummy and a great Friday afternoon treat!!
Oh, that sounds like a fun date! We enjoy cozy coffee shops! Glad you all could enjoy that together!!
Traveling the scenic route, instead of the fastest, is our favorite way of traveling. You certainly do live in a lovely area of our country.
The scenic route is full of all kinds of hidden blessings, isn’t it? We love this area and are so thankful to call it home!
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