Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hiking at Dolly Sods

I couldn't help but share some more pictures from our hike at Dolly Sods last weekend...
It was such a cool area!


This hike was seriously awesome.  We did a little over 15 miles of hiking through the Dolly Sods Wilderness and the terrain kept changing every few miles.  I don't think I've ever done a hike where the scenery seems to change so much even within short distances of each other.  I felt like we were somewhere other than the east coast for some parts.  There are so many different routes to choose from too.  I highly recommend checking out this area if you are ever close by.  We will definitely be back!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blackwater Falls

Just a few more photos from our trip to Blackwater Falls...


I took so many pictures, I couldn't help sharing a few more!
Ah, how I'd rather be out in that gorgeous weather instead of stuck inside this office all day...

PS -- A separate post on our Dolly Sods hike is on its way, too :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend Edition!

On Friday after work, Brett and I hit the road to head down to West Virginia for a nice 3 day weekend of camping, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors.  And it was perfect!

Friday:

We arrived right as the sun was setting - perfect timing!

We lucked out in getting one of the last campsites right down the road from Blackwater Falls.
Once our little home for the weekend was all set up, we headed into town for some burritos,
then returned to our campsite for some s'mores and relaxing by the fire! 

Saturday:

Stepped out of our tent in the morning to be greeted by glorious weather

Brett picked me a pretty flower on our way out of the campground :)

After Brett did a little mountain biking in the morning,
we headed into Blackwater Falls State Park to check out some awesome views

 The Blackwater River from high above

Headed into a nearby town for dinner at the Purple Fiddle

Glorious weather for beers and food (the cute pig was our "table number") on their patio

We saw an accurate depiction of our future family via some bear statues...
Me with ice cream, Brett with beer, and 2 little kiddies - perfect! ;)

And of course we had to hit up the local brewery: Mountain State Brewing Co
where we danced the night away to a live band - fun times!

Sunday:

We did a huge hike at Dolly Sods and it was so awesome!

We had the most glorious weather all weekend long - perfect hiking weather!

This area was so cool and different than most terrain on the east coast

After our hike, we had dinner at a local pizza place in town that had cool signs all over the walls

And made it back to our campsite just as the sun was setting over the hills

And then it was time for more s'mores! :)

Monday:

I did some light reading/note taking while Brett went on a short mountain biking ride in the morning

Then we packed up our campsite and hit the road to head home, 
but not without a visit to Deep Creek Lake along the way...
We stopped for lunch at another location of Mountain State Brewing Co
and had great views while we dined on patio

We headed down to the lake and stumbled upon an awesome bar with really cheap drinks!

...Where we proceed to spend the next 4 hours just relaxing, drinking, and taking in the lake views

And then eventually we had to head home...
What a perfect little getaway!
I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend our nice long 3 day weekend!*

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My 29th Birthday!*

Cheers to 29!*

Last year on my birthday, Brett and I celebrated in Santa Fe, NM on our cross-country trip to California.  It's pretty crazy to think about all that has happened in our lives since my last birthday.  What a whirlwind it has been!  And I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

I had such a great birthday this year too...
I think I've had a goofy grin on my face all week!

Kicked off the day with a free iced coffee the size of my head!

Came home after work to a decorated house courtesy of my awesome mom!

So many birthday balloons :)

Brett and I went for a bike ride along the trail
and of course stopped for froyo on our way back!

And when we got back, we noticed tiny baby bunnies that had just been born in our backyard!
(What is with animals giving birth in our backyard?!)

After dinner (at Mad Mex!), Brett gave me the best birthday gift...
screen printing supplies!
I seriously cannot wait to dive into this!

And on Tuesday, the birthday celebrations continued
at my parent's house with dinner and ice cream cake!

Feeling really loved this week - ah, life is good!
I'd say the last year of my 20s is off to a pretty great start! :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kayaking at Moraine State Park

We had such a great time kayaking on Sunday!  We haven't been kayaking since our trip to Smith Mountain Lake over 2 years ago.  So we were long overdue... :)  Here are a few more snapshots from our time out on the water... bliss!


Being out on the water all afternoon with the sun shining down and the sailboats passing by was such bliss.  And now Brett and I can't stop talking about buying a small boat or kayaks of our own.  We have so many great bodies of water close by, we'd be crazy not to!  We shall see... ;)

PS -- Thank you all for the birthday wishes yesterday!
Really feeling the love lately :)