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Summer vacations are upon us …… It hits me about January every year – the travel bug. We live near enough to Atlanta airport that jets are constantly flying over our house. Every time I hear one, I get that feeling again ……. that urge to hop on a jet and explore new horizons. I suppose if I traveled for a living it would grow old. But ahh ………. for now, I love seeing new places and things. So I start thinking about where I want to go and what I want to do for summer vacation.

The terrible downside to being lost in wanderlust is that you sometimes overlook what’s right in your own backyard. I live in North Georgia and there are places within an hour or two of my house that I’ve never seen. Crazy? Yeah I think so. Why should I explore foreign lands when I haven’t even taken the time to discover the secrets of my own country?

I’ve tried really hard in the last few years to hunt down interesting places close by that have escaped my attention before. Here are a few:

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Watson’s Mill Bridge State Park, GA

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A wheat field at sunrise off Barnett Shoals Rd, Watkinsville GA.

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Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel, Walhalla SC

Reedy Falls

Reedy Falls – Greenville SC

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Millmoore Mill, Hancock County at the junction of Hwy 16 & Hwy 77 near Sparta GA

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Downtown Athens GA at night

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State Botanical Gardens, Athens GA

1 Timothy 6:6-8 NIV

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

There’s nothing wrong with travel and vacationing. Taking some time away to rest from the usual schedule is a great way to reconnect with family, relax, and create lasting memories. There is something wrong, however, with discontentment and longing for more than you need. Learning to appreciate what you have and where you are is just as important, if not more important, than spanning the globe.

Here’s to another sunrise, another new day. Give God the praise for all that you have!

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com