A few weeks ago I was in between appointments - and had a new lense to try out - so I stopped by the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and wandered around for a few minutes.
I only had about twenty minutes, but it was the perfect amount of time to wander around the exterior of the historic house. (I didn't go inside, the weather outside was just too perfect)
There was an older fellow there taking photos at the same time as me - he and his wife were visiting from Florida (I can't for the life of me remember where in Florida at the moment) and trying to see all the historic sites in Charleston.
I still can't believe this is December in South Carolina - seriously. In love. If you get a chance, go check out this awesome little spot!!
October 5th, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew takes aim at Charleston
Dave & I are in the middle of finishing a renovation on a house in Charleston...like, just weeks away....and all of a sudden Hurricane Matthew decides to take a turn on its way out of the Caribbean and head directly towards Charleston...as a Category 4 storm.
In an effort to be extra cautious and prepared SC Governer Nikki Haley issued evactuation orders for the entire SC coast. This (obviously) meant us.
The last thing we wanted to do was leave our project and home in harm's way, but honestly...what can we do about a hurricane besides pray? So we took a forced "hurrication" :-) to Boone, NC.
One of my cousins has a mountain house in Boone - seriously - can you even believe this view!? Two of my sisters were with us, plus one of their boyfriends. My sisters had been here before - not me! I was floored. Needless to say I have WAY too many photos to share, but here's a little bit of our "hurrication".
Tango came with us (obviously...who leaves their pet behind in an evactuation!?)
The first night at the mountain house was GORGEOUS (hence the sunset photos) but the day after ended up being cloudy and pretty chilly, so we just hung out on the porch and played cards/relaxed for most of the day!
Tango apparently doesn't like cards, she was bored with us in about ten minutes.
Right after this happy moment together (and by the way, Megan has control of my camera currently) they both informed me that I have a streak of gray hair. Damn....
Elysia & her boyfriend Andy joined us for cards - our favorite game (it was what we played most on our last cruise as well) is Asshole. :-) For those of you who do not know the game, just follow the link....but know that every house has their own rules.
I figured since we were in a gorgeous place I could give my camera to Megan and have her take some nice new photos of Dave and I.
......if any of you know Dave, you know that he hates having his photo taken. So here's what we actually got.
I gave up. We went back to playing Asshole. (Andy got to wear the asshole hat! haha)
We tried again - of course - FINALLY got a few worthy of sharing! He's a challenge :-)
Seriously. Gorgeous spot. Amazing day.
Hurricane-Eve (Oct. 7th, 2016)
Another rainy day - and this time a little more stressful - our contractor called us and told us that someone had lit the dumpster on fire at our renovation house. What the hell!? The fire department had to come to put it out, and while doing so they opened the dumpster up and had to spread debris all over our driveway - the day before a hurricane. And we were 5 hours away....
We didn't get a chance to hike - but we did take Tango on a little walk in the woods.
Hurricane Day - Oct. 8th, 2016
We went back to Charleston as soon as the hurricane moved far enough north - but we stopped at Blowing Rock, NC on the way by. Holyeffingcrap. Gorgeous!
Thankfully our house and apartment were undamaged - Hurricane Matthew "hurrication" - success.
early 20th century: from German Wanderlust .
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I LIVE to travel. (It drives my husband nuts) I am usually two trips ahead when it comes to planning, and if for some reason I don't have some sort of adventure planned I start getting some serious cabin fever.
Can anyone relate? There is just something about seeing a new place, experiencing a new culture, and meeting new people that thrills me....and I'm (seriously) addicted to it!
To help keep me sane (aka. Occupy a Wanderer) in between our epic adventures Dave and I often explore close to home - and our favorite season is fall! I am in love with the gorgeous colors, and he just enjoys being comfortably cool. A few weeks ago we decided to take (one of our last before the move) a trip exploring Maine and doing some work at the same time.
One of our stops (and all the photos above) was at Tunk Mountain in East Hancock, Maine. If you've been following my blog I've definitely posted photos from Tunk recently, but these are just a little more gorgeous - it is finally fall!
How gorgeous is it!? (and how handsome is my man!? Btw....I've finally complained enough about only having photos of his backside that he's "letting" me take actual photos of him)
We had just enough time to hike about half the trail before the sun went down, so we made the most of it and hiked fast!
The foliage has been a little weird this year, so only about half the trees were actually turning, but the ones that were had the most amazing colors....as you can see. :-)
Our second local adventure (on a different day, these two places are NOT close) was to Aroostook county, to Easton. Dave currently has an inspection up there, and since it's a LONG drive he invited me to keep him company. What a gorgeous ride!
While Dave did his inspection I had time to explore the farm next door and take some fun photos of the old equipment. He only gave me about fifteen minutes, I could totally have used an hour!
Dave bought me an awesome new lens, so of course I made him stop every few miles so I could play with it capture this gorgeous landscape.
In-town Easton there is a cute little pond, and apparently it was the perfect time to see a pretty large flock of geese. Of course I made Dave stop - again.
So, how do you keep a wanderer happy?
Keep her wandering <3
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.