The start of vacation is always a feeling of excitement and anticipation Packing, sending the pups off to doggie vacay, checking off items on the prep
list, taking care of all the things you need to do to prepare for a week-long vacation. This year, it was a trip to Coastal Maine, staying at Spruce Lodge on Mount Desert Island, visiting Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park.
Even though the trip by car was many miles 1075 via Charlottesville to caravan with the kids, the drive was enjoyable and pleasant it didn't feel strenuous or exhausting. We split the trip and spent the night in Sturbridge. Then made our way early the next day.
It was a beautiful vacation. The weather perfect. Almost no humidity, low to mid-70s and sunny, with one cloudy day thrown in to keep our feet on the ground. Each day seemingly better than the last. The sunsets, boundless amount of stars in the sky, endless adventure and spending time with family and our grandson.
We hiked around Jordan pond explored Wonderland, climbed rocks at Bass Harbor Lighthouse, visited Thunder Hole, braved 35 mph winds a top Cadillac Mountain which was totally worth it with the spectacular 360 Degrees views where it’s almost impossible to tell where the sky ends and the sea begins.
We hiked bubble rock, took photos, laughed, walked the carriage roads and had our own personal tour guide, “Bob” via CD while we did the 27 mile Acadia Park loop on our overcast day.
(we call this, our rock band album cover shot)
We saw deer, a fox, playful Chipmunks, red squirrels and a multitude of birds. The sounds of waves crashing on the rocks, tree's leaves rustling in the wind and the laughter of a 2 year old as he hikes and we try to keep up with him, the haunting call of the Loon on Jordan pond and the lucky sighting of two juvenile loons from the previous nesting season.
And then there's the food. Lobster, so much Lobster, lobster rolls, lobster bisque, whole lobster, clam chowder, fried clams and more lobster rolls, all so good! When in Maine, eat lobster rolls!
This magical place will be embedded can our Memories forever it's a hard place to leave, all of the beauty, the sounds the sea, the park, the food, the family, the nature all of it very hard to leave and oh we can't forget the weather there is no other place to be, then in coastal Maine the middle of June, it’s just perfect.
Time to leave nonetheless, log another 850 or so miles home. With already over a thousand miles under your belt you feel confident, you never expect that anything is going to quote un-quote happen, but this time in a mere matter of a few short seconds life as we know It could have been drastically different. For those short few seconds held in it’s balance life or death, the universe chose for us ... life.
You never expect an RV to blow a stop sign at a busy intersection, you never expect to look up and only see the huge bumper and engine cover of an RV getting ready to smash into your door, so close that you know contact is inevitable, the sound of metal meeting metal the force of inertia and your body being flung into and then away from the RV, that feeling it’s going to hit you. It's even harder to describe the feeling that you have, it's like you can actually feel the impact, the energy of the accident traveling through you.
Yet it didn't happen.
What did happen, was a near-miss, a miss of inches, a miss of seconds, if Alec had not hit the gas and swerved, the RV surely would have t-boned us. I asked Alec right after regaining control of the car and returning to the road, "What the hell just happened?", his reply, "I just saved your life". You know how they say your life flashes before you ... Alec said it wasn't the past he saw, it was the future, and it was going to be hard. Instead the easy button got pushed. We continued on our way home, shellshocked, but so grateful to be in one piece.
We received a new lease on life, the realization that we were okay and not just in a potentially fatal accident. The affirmation that life is precious, each moment, each day is precious, the ones we love are precious. our trip to Maine was beautiful and precious, our love and gratitude is precious and we are eternally grateful to be here today enjoying this beautiful moment and every beautiful moment afterwards. Life is precious.
“Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
It shouldn't take a near fatal car crash to make you realize that each day is a gift, our time here on this beautiful blue planet is fleeting and our life is precious. Each moment should count.
Living fully in each day that has been bestowed upon us, living compassionately with gratitude and with Grace and knowing that each day is new, each day is magical, each day is a gift. Life is precious.
It’s been two months since our near miss, two months pushing the easy button, because the other way was the hard way. We are two months young into our renewed life and we have a lot to share, a lot to give and a lot to love. We are grateful to be here, relishing each moment and living each day fully.
Stacy Abbott, RYT200 teaches Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Gong sound baths, and private yoga classes in Richmond, VA
📷 Stacy Abbott, McAbbott Studios