Tuesday, June 16, 2009

On our journey to nowhere.......................

One of the TV programmes I enjoyed watching in South Africa was 'Going nowhere slowly' and as our sojourn in France draws to a conclusion we decided to do just that, take time to look around at some of the places of interest. There are numerous signs alongs the highways and roads indicating sites of historical significance. This weekend when driving to Auray along narrow country roads surrounded on all sides by forests, I spotted a sign reading 'menhirs'. I could not turn the car around so kept on driving to find a suitable spot which can be quite difficult! Some 10 minutes further on I saw another sign and took this route finding a convenient parking spot at the side of the road with a further menhir sign in a heavily forested area with a long flight of stairs and a cautionary warning in French that they are dangerous in wet weather! We climbed a long way down to the bottom to discover deep forest with a winding stream, extremely pretty with ferns and old trees. We continued down into the trees climbing over rocks and eventually arrived at a pile of enormous stones. There were no further signs so whether we actually found the menhirs I really don't know. The path had split earlier so we were not even sure that we were heading in the right direction. So here is a pic of a very large rock as well as a portion of the forest. We starting heading back to the car and discovered arrows painted on the trees indicating the way out, don't want any lost tourists I suppose. A point of interest, sometime in my life I was told that you can use the moss growing on trees as a direction guide as it supposedly only grows on the north side of trees. Wrong! I discovered a tree that never sees the light of day and its entire trunk as far as the eye could see, was covered in deep green moss.

We can learn a lot from trees: they're always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward.
~Everett Mámor

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