I am not a morning person. I could stay up all night reading blogs and writing except that my day job, the one that pays the bills for now, does not allow much blog reading or creative writing, not quite yet. My husband, David, on the other hand likes to get up early, especially when we stay at Trinity, the Episcopal retreat center where the beach is a pleasant five minute walk from our room. He likes to watch the sun rise with his feet in the ocean.
It was overcast Saturday morning, but the slim chance of seeing the orange ball rise up out of the sea, or maybe some dolphins, chased away my slumber.
Thick grey clouds hid any hint of orange, though the sun must have been rising, because the sky was getting lighter. The brown pelicans knew it was time for breakfast.
So, instead of a sunrise , we got to watch pterodactyl like birds glide over the grey water, their grace like a long musical note stretching into infinity with no effort…….
….until, rising, they spy a fish and dive straight down to feed.
There were more pelicans than I had ever seen in one place. Needless to say, as this is only a fraction of the photos I took, I was captivated by the pelicans. It was just as good as a sunrise.
Trinity Center, at Salter Path, North Carolina, is a good place to relax, play and open to the blessings of the earth.
There are no phones or TVs in the rooms, though there is some internet access. We were there for a parish retreat with some of our church friends and met in the group living room where there was a TV and a small kitchenette.
One of the things I love most about Trinity, is the harmony with nature. The “man made” structures are built and maintained with care for the trees.
Nature trails wind through the maritime forest…..
……and around the pond to Sander’s point overlooking the sound.
The rates were very reasonable and INCLUDED MEALS with gracious staff preparing vegetarian, gluten free and low sugar alternatives as we requested on our registration forms.
We were well fed. Food nourished our bodies and creation nourished our souls.
Saturday afternoon we went back to the beach. David and I went for a swim. The cloudy skies made the late September water almost too cold, but after I got used to it, I was revitalized! David, not so much. (Different things work for different people at different times. I’m usually the cold one inside.)
Saturday night we had planned for a campfire, but the rain kept us inside for “Evening Prayer”, music, and cozy conversation in the group living room. The Trinity Center staff came and lit the gas fire place, while we made s’mores in the microwave.
The sun came out on Sunday.
To learn more about Trinity Center, please visit: http://www.trinityctr.com/
Or, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me!