Over the weekend, my husband and I took off on the road once again, something we love to do. And I don’t think I have left any single stone un-turned about proclaiming our love for road trips. We can’t really help it, can we? Considering that the United States is a beautiful country specifically made for long road trips. One can travel the length and breadth of the country by road, the highways are so amazing. All you need is a decent car which is in good shape and won’t give you any trouble. Be nice to her and I am sure she will be nice to you as well.Fifty Shades of Green on the Road Trip! #TravelDiary #TravelwithArchie @archanackapoor Click To Tweet
So this time it was back to pavilion (a phrase we Indians who are crazy about the game of Cricket love to use) – which essentially means that we went on the same road that we have traveled numerous times already. To Tennessee! The Isha Foundation Ashram in Mcminnville summons us all the time and that is a place where we love to go. After going through the hustle and bustle of a busy life, it becomes necessary to cleanse the soul and reinvigorate the body and mind. What better way than to visit your Guru’s abode? Our spiritual Guru – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has started the Isha Foundation Ashram right here in the US too and it is in the greenest expanse of land that I have ever witnessed. The greenery in and around the ashram area is like soul-food. Not only does one feel the much needed tranquility and peace within the ashram premises in the meditation center, but also in the beauty of the entire place.
The ashram needs another post in detail, especially for those who are spiritually inclined. But what I really wanted to share today is the happiness and joy that we experienced during the drive to Tennessee. It takes us about 3.5 hours to reach the ashram – point to point, from our house. Not only is the drive one of the most scenic ones I’ve been on in the US, but also amazingly green. No exaggeration, I think we spotted over fifty shades of the color green during the entire drive. You name it and the shade was present and smiling back at you. I am not even sure if I would be able to be able to recall the name of each shade except the common ones like olive, emerald, sea green, teal, turquoise, lime, mint, neon and jade (some of them I know because of my love for precious and semi-precious stones… oh well… the perks of being a ‘normal’ girl who loves stone-studded jewelry). The lightness, brightness, tints, hues and shades made the same color (albeit in different variations) look so gorgeous in its various forms.
Every small patch of trees through the city had countless shades of green which looked exquisite against the sunny clear blue skies. But the real fun started when we were out of the city and the ‘real’ green patch and forest areas commenced. The mountains also start showing up once you enter the state of Tennessee. And then the whole region transforms into paradise. So many different types of greens amidst the tender, sprouting, leafy, lush, tall and small verduous acres! Acres and acres of the color green. With the summers now in full swing, the numerous miles have heralded the call of the new season by turning over their brown coat and switching over to a brand new green one. The trees and plants are prospering and blossoming, and it is a sheer delight, not just for the eyes but for the soul too.
For some, this may be a very common thing to experience. But for me, it is almost a raison d’être, for I cannot think of the Earth without such blooming greens. A lot of my passion for the greens also stems from my favorite hobby – gardening. Seeing the seeds you planted blossom into trees is pure bliss – similar to that of motherhood. And seeing the same marvel in the wilderness is ecstasy raised to infinity; for it showcases the wonder of creation, of the super power that exists and is responsible for the balance that these beautiful greens bring to our planet. While driving through I cannot stop ‘aah-ing’ and ‘ooh-ing’ when I see colors other than the greens too! The flowers, suddenly in the middle of nowhere lend such fascinating glamour to the forest areas. The elegance, charm and artistry of it all is mesmerizing and holds one spellbound. I have no words to express the level of happiness I derive by merely witnessing such vert labyrinths.
Pictures? Nope, none taken during this drive and consciously so; though I was sure I would write about this. I thought it would be such a waste of time to experience such beauty from behind the lens, when one needs to experience it first-hand with the naked eye. A lot of times people who consider themselves ‘travel bloggers’ have this compulsion to click pictures to ‘show’ and ‘tell’ about a place visited. I love clicking pictures too, but when I reach nirvana this way, I prefer making a humble attempt of creating a picture in people’s minds just with my words. For what better way for a story-teller to paint a picture than weave a beautiful string of words together?
Have you ever been on a drive where you were mesmerized with the surrounding natural beauty and did not find it necessary to be behind the lens the whole time? Do tell me about it, for I’d love to visualize that image in my mind too.
P.S. – Tennessee is an incredibly beautiful state; it is also home to my favorite Smoky Mountains. Don’t miss an opportunity to do a road trip through this wonderful state.
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One who is born with wings has many stories to tell. I was a born wayfaring story-teller! But then, how does a chirpy story-teller who also has wings on her back and wheels on her feet find a colossal audience to recount those sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes eccentric encounters. I realised there was no other way I could narrate my tales to the world unless i started penning them down in black and white. That's how TravelwithArchie was born. I love calling myself a vagabond! One who dreams about places and then travels there to see how they look in the real world. Come, borrow my wings for a while and see the world with my lens!