“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s unbecoming everything that isn’t you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”- A very wise unknown person
Isn’t that a darn good quote? Its author sums up my journey to 101 far better than I ever could! On the surface this journey has been about checking 101 things off of a list, but in reality, it’s been more about allowing the me that lives in the depths of my mind and soul to emerge and take center stage in my life. I’ve mastered the art of living my life to please others—I can’t really blame anyone for this being my reality, it’s been my choice, but it’s been unhealthy for me. This 101 journey has been a gift in helping me to unbecome everything that isn’t me, so I can authentically embrace an imperfect Dawn and share her with the world! Turns out people actually like that authentic Dawn! How about that…
So…last week, I took a trip to Western Maryland. I went because it was on my 101 list, well kinda. The truth is for a while now I’ve wanted to go and see the fall foliage in Mountain Maryland (who knew Western MD had branded itself…). This year, the perfect storm happened in my life allowing me to take this trip. I found a great deal on a hotel room through Groupon and I got a new job (YAY!!!!!). As a result, I was able to take a few days off for mental rejuvenation before starting in my new office! So off to Western MD I went!
It was a peaceful trip, but I quickly discovered upon my arrival that there’s not much to do there in the fall. I did lots of staring at leaves, I mean mountains, and strolling around the lake. I took a ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. My expectations were really high for that part of my trip and I was sadly disappointed. After you’ve seen ten beautiful tree covered mountains, the next ten don’t matter as much…you need a little bit more to pique your interest. And downtown Frostburg, let’s just say I now fully understand why the university is billed as a drinking school. But the ride itself was relaxing. At a nice 15 mph pace, we climbed through the mountains between Cumberland and Frostburg seeing all of the region has to offer. I wanted to explore a bit more in Cumberland, but the train ride ended a little later than planned, and I didn’t want to be out and about too late into the evening. This trip proved that I’m a little scared of driving in the mountains (sweaty hands, increased heart rate, etc). I was completely that old person who was running the risk of getting a ticket for driving too slow.
Despite not being all that impressed, I’m going to give the Western MD region the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s a lot more fun during the summer and winter months. I can assure you that I’ll not go there during the winter unless someone else is driving—ice, snow, and mountains don’t mix for me—but I’d be willing to give summer a try. The mountains were absolutely beautiful, simply stunning. As I looked at their beauty across the lake, the words of How Great Thou Art came to mind.
Consider all the worlds, Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder;
Thy power throughout, The universe displayed.
How great thou art, How great thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Savior, God, to Thee;
How great thou art, How great thou art!