As long as I can remember, whenever anyone asked what my favorite color was, my reply was “blue.” I never gave it much thought until a few months ago when I was walking on the Stone Harbor (NJ) Point Beach. I was experiencing pure bliss and was trying to put my finger on why I was so totally happy there. Then it hit me! I was surrounded by blue. The blue water and blue skies were enveloping me. The whole town seemed to glow with it. My condo was on the bay and the view from my windows was nothing but blue skies and blue water there also. I’ve had that same blissfulness here in Australia; first while on the whale watching trip last week and again on our Fraser Island trip.
I almost passed on the whale watching trip. I’ve been on many half-day boat trips in New Jersey, but I would always opt for the fishing trips over the whale watching trips. I’m more of a doer than a watcher. I’m glad I chose to go on this trip here in Australia. As when on the fishing trips, just being on the boat was enough for me. I positioned myself on the bow and just sucked it all in. The whales were awesome, they put on quite a show for us, but the blue renewed me.
The blues I experienced on our Fraser Island excursion were exquisite. I didn’t want to leave. When Professor Davison said at one point that they could leave me behind, I replied “please.” The first day we went to Lake McKenzie and Basin Lake. The white sands were so beautiful, but it was a little overcast and we didn’t get the full effect represented in the travel brochures. The next day was my favorite, though. We drove for a long time on the beach, I took a plane ride, and we swam in the Champagne Pools and Eli Creek and climbed Indian Head for some unbelievable views. I was in heaven. I allowed the blue to wash over me and gained an appreciative perspective of the journey that led me there. Life is good. God is great.
The third day we hiked to Wabby Lake and Lake Birrabeen. The sands were wonderful and the weather was cooperating, but the ocean is my touchstone. I may go back before we leave Australia next month.
What is your touchstone? Where do you feel the most at peace?