Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

tree tops

Sometimes we forget that people travel a great distance to do the things that are in our backyard.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

summer camp

Apparently the boy had the best week of his life at biology field camp.

Monday, July 27, 2015

roaring run

I haven't had time to take a breath lately. Every time I turn around the dishes are piled high and there are bags of wet towels that have been sitting for too long. It hit me this week that we don't have much time before school starts, so we had lots of lake days and ice cream.  We went on a grand hike with friends at Roaring Run. John was the oldest kid along, and he kept trying to sneak into the fast moving water. My friend Anne took some pictures of the kids. It was a gorgeous hot day, and the kids picked wineberries and put their feet in the icy cold creek. Ruby stripped down to her underwear and got in a pool until her head hurt from the cold.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

west virginia

We just spent a week in Pocohontas County, West Virginia in a log and stone CCC cabin at Watoga State Park. Thank goodness we didn't bring bikes because that park is huge. It is so off the beaten path that there is no cell service and no internet. The woods were full of blooming rhododendron, and we hiked a cranberry bog, and a gorgeous series of waterfalls. This is Ella at the Cranberry Glade.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

sweet appalachia

John and I joked that we must be doing something right when we realized we were seeing incredible live music two nights in a row last weekend. On Friday we heard Anna and Elizabeth, Town Mountain,  New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, and Asheville poet and storyteller Minton Sparks.  Minton has been described as the love child of Flannery O'Connor and Hank Williams, and she was mesmerizing.

On Sunday we drove over to the next county and saw Chatham County Line in a big white tent next to cow field. It had just thunderstormed and was cool and misty. The power was out so the band ditched the stage in favor of the middle of the tent. There might have been fifty people there. And a few cows.  It was gorgeous.

We didn't have to drive on any interstates, and the only money we spent was on ice cream cones and beer.

I love summer.

Monday, June 22, 2015