Today, Greenville spoiled us yet once again with her charming self! We started out with an enjoyable breakfast with some great company at the Green Room and followed it up with a day of music, people watching, and lounging at Fall for Greenville. Greenville never fails to welcome you in and wrap you up in her presense!
Last weekend, the better half and I ventured to the coast for a little R&R. Busy work days and busy weekends make it hard to find “us” time, but we made time anyway and I must say it was well worth the wait. Beautiful weather, great food, and a little exercise thrown in was just what we needed.
So here’s to long weekend trips with one amazing dude! XO
Today I realized just how easy it is to miss some pretty incredible things in our world when we don’t change our perspective from time to time.
Last weekend I took a solo hike to Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park. I hiked two miles in and two miles out. It was full of water elements, moss, flowers, and rocks which were absolutely beautiful. I took my time photographing things near and far. I took the same hike in and out today with my husband and a couple of our friends again seeing the same incredible landscape and taking more photographs. But it wasn’t until our way back (my fourth time on this particular path in a week!) that the mushrooms appeared. Could it possibly be that we fell down a rabbit hole and into a lovely little wonderland of fungi?
I think not! I was just not paying attention! Well thank goodness for someone elses perspective because today a very curious new world was opened up to me!
If you’re looking for a place to go out into our great outdoors to refresh, unwind, or just be, I found it!
A day trip to Jones Gap State Park was just what the Dr. ordered. With a PB&J, my trusty Nikon, and some water stowed in my backpack I was off on a solo hike to Rainbow Falls.
Though the hike is only about 4 miles round trip, it will get you sweating and your heart pumping with a total accent of 1,171 feet. Your treat is waiting for you at the end of your climb with a gorgeous 100 foot free-falling waterfall, spraying mist and roaring onto the rocks below. Apparently, when the sun is out and hits the falls just right, the mist creates a beautiful rainbow effect, hence the name.
The falls, however, are not the only treat on the trail. Most of the hike is along the Saluda river or other streams leading to it, so the lovely sound of flowing water is never far away. There are also many rock formations, moss, ferns, flowers, and an endless canopy of green to enjoy as you traverse the trail. When you’re ready for a break, the rocks in the Saluda River are a great place to rest your bones, eat a PB&J, and take it all in.
This is definitely what I call soul food!
After a Cracker Barrel breakfast with the husband and father-in-law, it was off to the fields for me. A solo trip to Beechwood Farms led me to fields of deliciously ripe strawberries begging to be picked. As soon as I stepped out of the car, that familiar sweet smell engulfed me and I was in Heaven! The plants were so full of ripe berries that I barely had to move to fill both of my 4-quart baskets. Seriously…Heaven!
The little strawberry pickers took a hay ride in the Lil Covered Wagon while the farm pups ran alongside. It brought back sweet memories of my once little picker here at this same farm way back when. It was idyllic.
I love moments like these. Moments that are simple yet put such a good feeling in my heart and a smile on my face. Moments that bring back memories and create new ones.
Have you gone strawberry picking lately?
A stroll through my dad’s “building of dreams” gives me a glimpse of what once was, of a time passed but not forgotten. Filled with old cars and signs, the building makes me feel like I have stepped back in time. I swear if you listen carefully you can hear the stories and secrets each car has to tell. Wisps of nostalgia float from car to car and I am captured in a moment long ago.
Thanks for keeping it old school dad!
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir
For me, there is nothing like a deep breath of fresh mountain air, a lazy stroll through Mountain Laurel and Honeysuckle, and a take-your-breath away view to calm the nerves, slow the pace, and re-center. Let me linger awhile…