Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway

So many good things happening right now!
(But we'll get to those later...)

One good thing, though...
Brett & I will be spending the next 4 days here!

In need of a little getaway, Brett and I decided to pack up our outdoorsy things and head South for a nice 4 day vacation in the mountains of Virginia.  We are renting a cute little cabin and plan on doing all the things we love most:  hike, bike, camp, relax, read, sit by the fire, star gaze, spend as much time outdoors as humanly possible, and get in lots of quality time with each other.  It's going to be just what we need.

Oh, and did I mention that our little cabin is smack dab in the middle of the "Brew Ridge Trail"?  Meaning we'll get to indulge in amazing brews and food every night at one of 7 awesome breweries (most of which have live music every night!).

Bring it on, little vacation!
We are ready!

Have an amazing weekend, everyone!
Catch ya next week!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hiking at Ohiopyle

Sunshine and dry weather.
That's about all we require for a great hike these days.  So far, the weather this year for "Spring" has felt more like Winter.  But we've been making a point to get outside anyway; pretending it's Spring weather & ignoring the fact that it's still only 35 - 40 degrees...
And that's just what we did this past Saturday.  We headed out to Ohiopyle State Park for an awesome 12 mile hike.  It was just what we needed...

We found tons of awesome waterfalls and creeks along the way...

 And made our way to the top of a huge mountain
to find this awesome overlook & take a break with some subs...

And then headed back down the mountain just as the sun was setting.
Perfect timing...

And of course, no trip to Ohiopyle is complete without checking out the main attraction:
the Ohiopyle Falls!

It was an awesome day!
Now if only this weather would start to warm up...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Scenes from the Weekend

Discovered a new Thai BYOB place right near our house!
Changing up the weekend tradition of pancakes to waffles
Spent all day Saturday in Ohiopyle hiking in the beautiful sunshine
We found so many great waterfalls and streams
And amazing overlooks
Refueling from our 12 mile hike with some (ohmygosh delicious) homebrew & snacks
And fresh homemade guacamole courtesy of the husband
And rounding out a weekend of awesome eats with some fish tacos!

We had great weather on Saturday,
but now we're back to the snow again...
when is it really going to be Spring?!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Don't Lose Your Creativity...

Watch this video.

My mom sent me this video this morning and I can't get over how beautiful it is.  The dancing and especially the commentary.  So often, people are told to forget about their creative and artistic abilities and focus on something more practical, more "safe", more financially secure for the future.  This video proves why we need not listen to these close-minded people and instead follow our dreams, no matter how impracticable they may seem to others.  This message truly hit home for me and I wanted to share.

And happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

1st Day of Spring!

Happy 1st Day of Spring!!

I was really hoping that this morning when I woke up,
I would be greeted with glorious sunshine and warm temperatures
since it IS the first day of Spring and all.
Buuuut, that was not the case.
It's still freeezing outside and there's snow in the forecast...
womp womp.
But here's to hoping it takes a turn for the better!
Come on, Spring!

Ya know, if we lived in California, this wouldn't even be a problem...

How many times do I refer to moving to California in my posts?
I think this may be telling me something... :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Scenes from the Weekend

Making very important decisions on Friday night
The winning lineup, consumed during game night
A foggy Saturday hike at Mingo Creek
Got in about a 6 mile hike before spending the rest of the night drinking for St. Patty's Day
A verrrry late Sunday start with coffee in our shamrock mugs... maybe a liiiitle hungover? No way! ;)
A Sunday evening walk on the trail (the only physical activity we were capable of all day...)
Finishing off St. Patty's Day weekend with homemade reubens!

Thinking back to St. Patty's Day weekend last year...
it was 80 degrees and sunny!
Quite the opposite this year, unfortunately.
I am soo ready for SPRING!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sending a bit o' irish luck your way, today!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

(Miss you everyday, G-Pa)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

An (Icy) Hike at McConnell Mills

Last weekend, Brett and I headed up north to meet his sister and mom for a little Saturday hike.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous: mid 50s and so sunny.  I'll take it for mid March!  We had a great time wandering around the trails of McConnell Mills State Park all afternoon.  (Even though the trails were a bit icy in spots!  We were not expecting that!)  Regardless, it was just what we needed.  We were starting to get a little stir crazy being inside all Winter long...

And I can't think of a better way to top off a weekend hike than refreshing beers and delicious food.  North Country Brewing is only a few miles from the state park, so we were obviously not passing up on that opportunity.

It was a great little Saturday!