It’s a hot, lazy Saturday in rural North Carolina. Slipping into a worn pair of flip-flops and grabbing my camera, I head out to enjoy the blazing sunshine. It is a solitary stroll, but I am not alone. While women rock on front porches, fathers play catch with their sons. Teenage boys, still high with World Cup fever, dribble worn balls. Power tools buzz as men work in their out buildings. Insects hover in clouds around my head.
Two miles pass. By the end, my feet are rubbed raw under rubber straps and my memory card has dozens of extra pictures. I love these lazy days of summer.
Happy Independence Month!
The first week of July is a great time to be American. History buffs study our forefathers. Workers get a vacation. Foodies eat. Partiers enjoy the festivities. Photographers capture the memories. Children are mesmerized by the fireworks. Year-round, but this week especially, we all reap the benefits of generations selfless men and women pouring their lives into keeping our nation free. Soldiers give their lives to protect us. Politicians dedicate their work to what is best for the country. We have many reasons to celebrate and be thankful.
I love living in one of the original 13 colonies, and I wish that I had been to all of them. One of these days, I will make it to all fifty states, but for now I will settle for enjoying life right where I am.
Top Ten Prettiest Places in North Carolina
1. Ocracoke Island
2. Linville Falls
3. Biltmore Estates
4. Hanging Rock
5 Pilot Mountain
6. Cape Hatteras
7. Mt. Mitchell
8. Old Salem
9. Stone Mountain
10. Doughton Park
What do you love about your state?