A Day in Denver

A Day in Denver

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I have a friend who (before this weekend) had never been on a plane, so when I found affordable plane tickets to Denver, we began planning a weekend getaway.

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Simple Joy Saturday #31

Simple Joy Saturday #31

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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April 21-27, 2018

1. Last weekend, I met a college friend at Pilot Mountain.  We had such a great time hiking and catching up!

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The Pilot

The Pilot

Pilot Mountain State Park

Before you leave, I need to know if I there is a man in these rocks, or if I am just seeing things…

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You see it too, right?  Perhaps he is the pilot that gave Pilot Mountain its name.

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Mt. Lemmon

Mt. Lemmon

When we left the Grand Canyon, it was 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  After a five-hour drive, we arrived in Tucson, where it was a balmy 75 degrees.  The next morning, we saw snow on Mt. Lemmon.

Sedona

Sedona

As we drove south from the Grand Canyon, the landscape transformed.  We zig-zagged into a valley where massive red rocks towered on either side of the road.

The dazzling rock formations, unlike any mountain I have ever seen, “caught me by surprise.”

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When in New England…

When in New England…

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I should probably quit trusting my brother.  You may remember that last year, he lied, “It’s not that far” as we trekked through NYC.  This year, he claimed that hiking Mt. Monadnock is easy.  In actuality, it is a “steep scramble” up a difficult trail.

Yet, I am quick to forgive him.  He had never hiked the mountain himself; he only knew that if you’re in New Hampshire, you should climb the second most-hiked mountain in the world.

So, being the gullible sister that I am, I crawled up the sheer rock.  We agreed that the breathtaking views were worth the struggle.  After we slid back down the cliffs, we made an executive decision: when you are in Vermont, you have to eat Ben and Jerry’s.

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Bakers and Bunkers

Bakers and Bunkers

Baker’s Mountain Park and Bunker’s Hill Covered Bridge

Catawba County, North Carolina