On the eighth day of Christmas break…

On the eighth day of Christmas break…

…we circled the Presidential Range.

People had told me that the White Mountains are beautiful, but I did not expect these breathtaking views.  The snow-covered peaks that tower high in the clouds are unlike anything I have seen in North Carolina.  I wish that I could have spent several days exploring the trails and soaking in God’s beautiful creation.

 

On the first day of Christmas break…

On the first day of Christmas break…

…I went for a really long hike.

Hiking, in my opinion, is one of the most peaceful ways to spend a morning.  I love feeling the crisp, pure air on my face and hearing nothing but crunching leaves and chirping birds.

Hanging Rock, NC in winter

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Simple Joy Saturday #58

Simple Joy Saturday #58

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. Everyone should read Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. Upper-elementary students should read this book.  Teenagers should read this book.  Adults should read this book.  You should read this book.
  2. And after you finish Home of the Brave, you should read Extra Credit by Andrew Clements because sometimes children’s books can speak more truth than adult books.
  3. But if you must read an adult book, I suggest Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt.  It gave me a new fascination with the vastness and complexity of outer space. . . and a new appreciation for computers.

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Mountain Fog

Mountain Fog

Intending to show the best of North Carolina to my brother’s friend who was visiting from Florida, my family journeyed to the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday.  Although the weather forecast said, “partly cloudy,” we met heavy fog on the Parkway.

We made the most of a less-than-ideal situation, eventually abandoning the Parkway for Boone and Valle Crucis (but not before I snapped some ominous fog photos). 

…and I snapped one less moody photo because from the valley, the low-lying clouds made the world look Christmas-white. 

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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