Cades Cove Camping

Had the awesome opportunity of going camping with my husband’s family this year. It’s an annual tradition on their part but this was my first time attending. It certainly was an experience, I don’t think I’ve been camping since I was about 5 or 6 years old.

But I enjoyed it. Huge family gathering in the mountains, no cell service, no internet, if you needed to make a phone call you had to drive down to the ranger station to use their phone. It was a completely tech free  vacation… except for my camera.

To be honest, I was a little worried about sleeping in a tent. Mainly I was worried about falling off the inflatable mattress! But I was glad we weren’t sleeping on the ground, it was freezing at night. One thing I was not expecting, were the pretty frequent visits from Black Bears. They generally skirted the edges of the camp ground but always managed to slip away before I had a chance to capture them on camera, only picture I got below is pretty blurry but managed to see this bear cub as well.

Of course seeing a couple of bears right outside your tent door so to speak (it was really probably 200 feet away) made it even harder to sleep at night.

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But anyways. Other than the wildlife and cold, the trip was over all very fun, I can’t wait to go again next year. We had fun in the streams, checked out the nearby historic sites, and just overall had fun. I also caught up on some reading. I will admit, this was a much needed, reprieve from the harsh realities of life. Didn’t have to talk to anyone on the phone or have customers yelling at me for trivial things. I wish I could do this once a month.

 

California Dreaming

Hello Everyone.

Wow, it feels like an eternity since I last posted anything. It’s my fault I know but life’s been ‘interesting’ to say the least.

Finally have a chance to tell you about our long over due vacation.

It felt amazing to be on a plane again, didn’t realized how much I missed them, although I we did run into some technical difficulties in Nashville when our plane was de-commissioned due to maintenance issues. But hey at least they found it before we took off so that’s all good.

The other thing I enjoyed this trip was all the coffee. We tried a new coffee shop every day (coffee addict at heart). Everywhere we went the coffee was great. Delicious!

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And then off too the main subject of our trip. The sun, the beach, the palm trees, and the awesome adventure of whale watching. All of it was absolutely fantastic, and the whale watching was an amazing experience. I can’t wait to do it again!

MIA

I’ve been missing in action. I know.

I also know no one really reads these anyways so its not like anyone missed me.

I had lots of travel plans for this year. They’ve kind of dwindled now. Too busy being an adult and all that. I will be going to California in June/July so that will be fun, I’ve never been so I am looking forward to the adventure.

This year has been busy. Getting used to being married. Getting used to owning, and maintaining, a house. Its taken some time to wrap my head around everything and get used to how different everything is. Different worries and different plans. I’m working on getting back to some of my old hobbies. Photography, drawing, reading. I wish I had more people who’d like to have their picture taken though. My nieces and nephews would make perfect models but they all live in different states. Everyone local to me is camera shy. Insert dramatic sigh here…

But I make do. Cats make decent models too. Even if they are stubborn.

Enjoy Life Today…

Enjoy life today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow, may never come.

In my last post I spoke about how excited I was to be going to the Biltmore Estate for my husbands birthday. Things happened, life happened, and we will be rescheduling that trip.

A sweet friend of the family, not just friend but lets face it, we all saw her as family, passed away. I know that she is in a better place now and no longer suffering, and it seemed right that a woman who loves flowers so much was surrounded by so many.

My thoughts, love, and prayers go out to the family in this time of need.