Still Waters…..

Run deep……don’t they?

                         “Not till we are lost….do we begin to find ourselves” – Thoreau

I took Sophie down to Rattler ford on Santeetlah Creek yesterday for some exploration and alone time. The dogs played hard while I just found a rock and spent time with the water…….

I found my thoughts wandering to the metaphor that water is to my life. In particular the creek and the way it flows. Rapids, eddys, pools, depths, shallows and even light and darkness parallels my life in most remarkable ways.

Like the way the stream flows I find myself moving through life and just when I seem to be comfortable in the way it’s flowing…WHAM…an unexpected twist or turn grabs at my attention. I wonder if its that way for you too? Or..is this a “just me” phenomenon? My life is filled with motion these days and my thoughts drift from deep to extremely shallow. I do so enjoy the deep pools……or the rapids…..even the darkness…….I guess I love it all.

I often seem to feel like Steve McQueen, who said…

“I scrounged around for the next couple of years, trying to get the scam on the human race and just where the hell I fitted in — I discovered there were no openings”

I’ve been labeled as so many things in life, from father to son, husband to lover,  friend to enemy. All of those are just labels – all parts of a whole…and I am whole. This mountain has given me much in my life. This place is a part of my soul. I feel connected here. At ease. At peace. One. The challenges still exist but being alone isn’t the same as being lonely.

I offer peace, love and light to all From the INNside looking out and as always –

Celebrate the Great Adventure Ahead!

Robert Rankin

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As Innkeeper & Steward of Snowbird Mountain Lodge, Robert Rankin lives at an elevation of 3,000 feet in scenic Robbinsville, North Carolina. Operating this historic retreat in the western part of the state, he strives to ensure that guests feel at home and are well acclimated to their surroundings. Intimately familiar with the area, Mr. Rankin has owned the 100-acre resort for the past 21 years and guides visitors personally to aptly named landmarks such as Sunset Deck and Sunrise Point. Snowbird Mountain Lodge offers guests a diversity of comfortable lodging options in cottages and houses. At the center of the Robbinsville, North Carolina, property is the chestnut-hewn Main Lodge, which offers dramatic views over valleys below and crystalline Lake Santeetlah. Guests are encouraged to make use of a full “outdoor fleet” of kayaks, canoes, mountain bikes, paddleboards, and fly rods. Guided season-specific adventures await, including wildflower walks and birding and fly-fishing excursions. Lucky beyond belief this is the celebration of a life well lived! Robert is an Adventurer, Innkeeper, Captain & Pirate, Hooligan and a Dreamer!

One thought on “Still Waters…..

  1. “Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

    Beautiful musings, Robert. Thank you.

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