Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Summer Relief

Posted August 23, 2010

This is the hottest summer I can recall in North Carolina. It’s been one blistering heat wave after another. I was a little nervous about going to my mountain cabin over the weekend. I don’t have a lick of air conditioning up there. You just open all the windows and hope for a pleasant breeze. Well, it was wonderful up there this weekend. I didn’t need any AC. Even a gentle rain Saturday afternoon and evening seemed perfect for a little songwriting. I’ve just started work on a special Christmas for next year and the mountains have a way of stirring up new tunes.

I just wanted to share the view from my porch yesterday morning. It wasn’t a five star sunrise but it was just what I needed to remind me of God’s great creation. I rush around too much during the week zipping from chore to chore. In the mountains the pace is slower and you have more time to think and be.

Where do you go to find peace? Please share.


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  • Celt Aug 23, 2010

    One place I used to find peaceful was a Trappist monastery in Gethsemani, Kentucky.

  • missparrothead Aug 23, 2010

    The beach is my #1 place, however out in the woods being in nature- biking hiking or the mountains is my second. AND getting away from cell phones, technology and feeling detached from the world is key! I don't bring my cell phone onto the beach, while others around me are texting away.

  • pulstar40 Aug 23, 2010

    Though I LOVE the beach, I don't get their often enough. But we do have an RV parked at a campground at Lake Gaston, and it's nice to get away and forget all about the chores at home. As you said, more time to think and be.

  • no more - no less Aug 23, 2010

    Very late evening on the beach.

  • dharper22 Aug 23, 2010

    We were in the same area, Bill. Drove to Tazewell, VA to see Harriet's grandchildren and two great grands. Sunday we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap and stopped for some country pickin' at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Traveled on down as far as Little Switzerland where we left the Parkway and spiraled down the mountain into Marion and home. Enjoyed 72 and sunshine. Plus the sounds of several mountain streams.

  • garnertoy Aug 23, 2010

    Its been a while since ive been but the sound of the ocean with the sunset or moon shining on it.

  • wildfrenchrose Aug 23, 2010

    The water--always the water. Ocean, river, lake, stream--any of them will work. The sound of the water is so peaceful, it just soothes the soul.

  • tennispro Aug 23, 2010

    Lake Johnson! :) :)

  • enter capsule Aug 23, 2010

    Really the most relaxing mornings I have spent have been waking up in a sleeping bag on the side of a mountain up near Mars Hill, or at a family friend's cabin up in Montreat (as you mentioned, no AC, just open the windows and let the mountain air do all the work).

    My daily release is found on two wheels and a country road.

  • genegeneandnancy Aug 23, 2010

    Beautiful picture! You captured the real essence of the mountains in all their glory. I find watching the ocean waves to be peaceful and relaxing, especially when the sun starts to set and a nice ocean breeze sets in. Ahhhh, wish I was there now!




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