Mystical Gates & Doorways

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This week’s travel theme at Where’s My Backpack is “mystical”.  The hostess for this event, Ailsa, said:

Mystical is an evocative term with many nuances. I chose this word because it can be interpreted in so many ways. It can mean spiritually symbolic, otherworldly, ethereal or mysterious. I also love how this word sounds when you speak it aloud, and I can’t help but associate it with mists that conceal the everyday, cloaking the mundane in a veil of mystery. The verb ‘to mystify’; to make mysterious or obscure, is derived from the words mystic and mystery.

I enjoy the mystery of doors, gates and pathways.  It is mysterious and  mystical, wondering where it goes and what is next.  Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it isn’t.  But it has an allure that is hard to resist.

Here’s a photo from a vacation trip to Charleston, South Carolina.  If you look carefully at the far back, there is a second gate that leads to a secluded garden:

See the second (secret) gate in the back?

Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate.
J. R. R. Tolkien