Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2020I wanted to send out Merry Chistmas wishes to all my friends and family and I think it is about time for an update on…well, what I have been up to lately. But first we woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland for Christmas morning. This is a first for me.Currently I am back doing what I love…hiking. I am in North Carolina spending time with my Mom for the holidays, but more on that later.

Mooney Falls

If you don’t already know, I spent the summer traveling out west. It was amazing and you can read all about it in the previous blog posts. As my trip was coming to an end I realized that I would need to go back to work. On the last day of my 4.5 month trip, at the end of October, I sent in a resume for a temporary dental hygiene position. Why temporary…, because I really don’t want to have the commitment of having to go to work 52 weeks a year. I would like to do some substantial travel in the coming years. Anyway, after submitting the resume they called me less than a half hour later and sent up an interview. I was shocked to get a call so soon after sending in the resume. The interview was scheduled for a few days after I got home and a few days after that I was back to work again. It all happened so fast, and the best part is the office is awesome and it is only temporary!Mom and I have been spending the our time together enjoying the outdoors. We have been driving back roads and hiking trails. We set out on our first adventure and of course it involved a dirt road, it seems that most trailheads are deep in the woods. But this dirt road had an added twist. There was a ford involved with some quick moving water flowing over it. As we approached it I thought I would just hop out and make sure it wasn’t to deep and looked ok to cross it in Mom’s truck. But Mom was just chatting away non stop like she usually does (I can assure you it is so hard to get your own words in when she gets going) and before I know it, I realize she is not going to stop. She just barrels right through it like she does this every day!?!? Meanwhile I am sitting next to her with my eyes about to pop out of my head in shock! And she is still chatting away like you can do anything in a truck! Luckly we made it through with out any problems. The dirt road was well graded and the few ice filled pot holes were easily avoided with Mom’s confident truck driving skills.We arrive at the trailhead around 1pm with blue skies and the temperatures in the mid 40’s. It is a beautiful day, although upon enter the woods with the thick rhododendron trees covering the trail, it seemed really cold and the trail is lined with ice. We carefully make our way down the trail to our destination Big Laural Falls.

Big Laural Falls

Ranger Falls

While on trail we meet another hiker and she tells us about Mooney Falls, another waterfall just a short ways up the road from the trailhead we are parked at. The waterfall is practally road side so we decide to go see that since we are so close.

Snowman on top of Wayah Bald

We spend the whole week getting outside and enjoying nature until Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve came with all day rain which turned into evening snow.Wishing everyone the best for a Happy New Year.“The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life is simply will to pursue it and the faith to believe it is possible.”-unknown author