The day after our jaunt through Boston, Dad and I drove to Concord to visit the former homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Old Manse) and Louisa May Alcott (The Orchard House). To our surprise, Old Manse was only yards away from the site of an early Revolutionary War battle.
After a series of unexpected events, my family decided to visit Massachusetts for Christmas. Although Brother and I visited all the New England states in 2017, our quick tour of Boston did not scratch the surface of what Massachusetts has to offer. My family quickly planned more “touristy” day-trips than we could fit into a week, and we started our explorations in Boston.
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.
For ten hours on Monday, I drove south at 80 mph in the company car. I am attending a student retention conference this week, and my goal was to reach the hotel before dinner.
About halfway to my destination, I stopped at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge to snap some nature photos and stretch my legs. As soon as I exited the car, 1000 mosquitoes attacked me. I ran in circles while swatting them (killing about 10 mosquitoes per swat) until I could safely return to my car.
I didn’t try to leave the car again for three hours.
Sorry there aren’t more photos of the nature preserve, but I like my blood to stay in my body.