Journey to Patience - Shenandoah National Park - A labyrinth walk - Front Royal, Virginia

The hike to Patience is uphill on the Dickey Ridge Trail at the Front Royal entrance to the Shenandoah National Park. Walking this trail, as I began to do about 1980, consisted of going in with a head full of problems and coming out somewhat settled. Eventually, a large stone that looked like a carved head from Easter Island became my destination. In and out took an hour. Because of the relief, I named the rock Patience, which is what the weekly labyrinth walk was helping me develop.
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Stone walls remain from when this was settled by pioneers, later displaced so the U.S. could have an eastern National Park.

Stone walls remain from when this was settled by pioneers, later displaced so the U. could have an eastern National Park.

A little closer look.

A little closer look.

It snowed beginning February 12, so Valentines Day 2014 the trail looks like this.

It snowed beginning February so Valentines Day 2014 the trail looks like this.

As Valentine's Day approached, this memorial appeared. National Parks are places people choose to leave their lives. Those who remain, continue to love those who have left. Patience in life needs to be cultivated.

As Valentine's Day approached, this memorial appeared. National Parks are places people choose to leave their lives. Those who remain, continue to love those who have left. Patience in life needs to be cultivated.

Moon-rise.

Peace abides with me today. Step 74 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices

Patience is always there. It may have set in this point for thousands of years.

Patience is always there. It may have set in this point for thousands of years.

Much patient work went into the settlement of this land. One could not live off this land very easily. I am thankful I can get here in ten minutes from my home in Front Royal.

Much patient work went into the settlement of this land. One could not live off this land very easily. I am thankful I can get here in ten minutes from my home in Front Royal.

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