Hi lovelies! So sorry to be out of touch for so long! I was quite literally “off the grid” with my family for a week. And it was a glorious week! We traveled north to the Carolinas to spend time in the beautiful, great outdoors as a family of 3 – soon to be 4! Being in nature so much and exploring to our hearts’ content was so refreshing to my soul! The cell service was spotty – to say the least, but it was freeing to have technology taken away for a bit and to be fully present with my hubby and little.
I wanted to write a post about the trip, while it is still fresh in my memory! If anyone follows me on Instagram (@hearthomeandhope) some of these photos may be repeats, but I am also going to include the stories behind them here. So light a candle, snuggle into a chair with a warm drink, and enjoy!
Day 1 – We spent the first few days in Hartsville, SC, for a work meeting that hubby was attending. On our first full day there, little B and I explored the small town. It was an adorable little historical hub with lots of quaint buildings! She and I even found a fun bookstore to play in for a while. Of course we couldn’t leave without purchasing Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Needless to say, she loves the book (AND the pecan sampler we found in our hotel room – you just can’t beat genuine southern hospitality!)
Day 2 – On our second day, we were able to travel with hubby to a nearby lake-house. Little B and I explored the lakefront property while hubby got to test drive several boats for work. Ha! I know…it’s a tough life! But the day was gorgeous and the views beautiful! And to top it all off, it finally was starting to feel like fall to me!
Day 3 – On this day, we traveled from South Carolina to Hendersonville, NC. I was so happy to catch a glimpse of the mountains! They were truly gorgeous and so exciting to this Floridian! We settled into our cabin and explored the property. The area was surrounded by apple orchards and nestled amongst the taller mountains. It seemed like a quiet-sort of a life there, and a perfect place to relax with my little family.
Day 4 – The next day, we woke up and drove to Chimney Rock. There we summited the chimney, hiked up to the highest point on the mountain, and then climbed down to a waterfall. There were hundreds of stairs on this trail and our legs were exhausted from it all! In the afternoon, we took little B to an ice cream parlor alongside a river and afterwards washed off all the sugary goodness by playing in the stream! It was so fun to relive a bit of childhood through her experiences! Towards the end of the day, we went apple picking in a local orchard! Little B rode along in the wagon and loved every second of it. Before leaving, we bought a half-dozen of apple cider donuts. They were incredible, and I am definitely wishing that we had purchased the full dozen!
Day 5 – On the last full day of our trip, we drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We stopped to hike to the summit of Mt. Mitchell – the tallest peak east of the Mississippi River. (Full Disclaimer: there is a paved road up most of the mountain!) Nevertheless, the view was phenomenal! We were at cloud level and, it seemed, on top of the world! After letting little B crawl around on the mountainside grass, we continued along the Parkway to Crabtree Falls. It was about a 2 mile, round-trip hike to see a magnificent waterfall. What a wonderful way to end the day and the trip!
Hopefully these photos can give you a bit of a reprieve from the Monday blues. ♥ I feel so blessed to have had this time with these ones that I love so much! They are truly a gift from God.
Do you take an annual family trip? If so, comment below with your favorite destinations (especially child-friendly ones!) It’s always wonderful to hear of new places to explore!
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