A Day at Wonder Inn
Welcome To A Wonder Inn!
A retreat for people to come for a day a weekend or a week. You can take classes, seminars or workshops or just play, relax, take nature walks in the beautiful forest preserve that is lush with smell of greenery and wildflowers, enjoy the scenery, pet a gentle horse, walk with a few dogs. Enjoy lush accommodations and wonderful nutritional cuisine!
As you awaken the golden morning light glows in your room. You rise to look out and see the yellow golden orange and red breach the morning sky as the sun begins the rise. The mountains still dark with the night sky and a few stars twinkle as they fade in the light. The meadow glistens with the morning dew, an eagle soars in the distance beginning her morning search of bounty for her nest. All is quiet at the INN. The first rays of sun are beginning to breach the mountain range far in the distance.
A NEW DAY! You gaze out your window and see the ranch hand is busy in the barn bailing the morning hay. It is breakfast time for the horses. The barn cat sits and gazes from the base of the opening to the barn occasionally grooming himself, he believes this is his ranch.
The main dining hall is bustling with the placements of juice, fruit, fresh pastries, yogurt, coffee and tea, You hear the Bacon sizzle in the kitchen and the sweet aroma of Maple Syrup harkens the call for buttermilk pancakes! After breakfast, a morning walk is in order. Outside on the porch the two golden labs are at the threshold of the steps as they await for someone to walk with, so you step off the porch and they follow. Down the path to the paddock where the horses are grazing on the dew covered grass. The retired thoroughbred mare raises her majestic head as if she is greeting you and she watches as you pass as her colt stands closely by her side grazing.
You travel the path down to the small river and walk west towards the mountain ranges The dense morning air fills your lungs and your body feels great The earth feels soft beneath your feet…in the distance the bench upon the hill is ideal for the morning meditation. The labs romp in the meadow beside you they are joyful. Mother nature is lush as you are aware of all the intricate elements of her glory, all the aspects working like a majestic symphony,it is perfect! She surrounds you in beauty and grace and you feel at one with it all!
The Sun warms your face as you notice the landscape bursts with color, colors are changing all around you. The mountains become green, gold and brown the river shifts from black to a dark blue and green. The cry of an eagle in the distance penetrates your core…
Up the hill you continue, as you reaching the bench,you turn,the sight is heavenly! The vista of the valley is magnificent, as you melt into the bench. The dogs settle at your feet. They have been here many times before; as if they are the guides and have accompanied many travelers on this same path with each traveler experiencing a different song. The dogs are aware of your breathlessness. One sets his head on your foot; as if to ground you as you feel your spirit soar. An awareness of your body reminds you are but a spirit having an human experience. In the distance you see two children bound from the porch of the Inn racing to the playground….remember when?
(Excerpt from A Day At Wonder Inn, Terrie Crowley 2009)
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