Thursday, August 20, 2015

Trip Home August 2015, Part One

Anyone still out there?

I think this may actually be the longest I have gone without blogging since I started this here space and I honestly don't know why I let it go so long, but to tell you the truth I just didn't have the desire to sit down and write. We had a great trip home and I have tons of pictures and so much to share but I haven't been able to make myself sit down and write.

I think its natural to go through a blogging lull, I definitely notice a lack of writing in the blogsphere over summer because people are so busy out and enjoy the weather and everything great about summer that their blog takes a back seat, it happens. I more so struggle with feeling like I have nothing to say, or just don't feel like sitting down to actually write.

Anyways I thought I would stop in today and tell y'all about our trip home because lets be honest the longer I leave it the more I will forget. Plus is was suppose to thunderstorm all day which I was looking forward to and now its not and I am home so I have the time.

We got back to Maryland on Sunday night, we were gone for two weeks! I was so anxious to go home, We haven't spent that amount of time at our house since before going to New Jersey so it was well overdue. We really didn't have a lot planned we just wanted to be home and enjoy the house! I will say the time didn't fly by like I expected it to which was great, we did a lot of mundane things like going to the dentist, out looking for things we wanted for the house.. errands and what not. The first week was just really nice to be at home, enjoy the house and the deck as well as get things accomplished around the house.

Jason got a new tool box for the garage that was much needed and we finally managed to get our Alaska picture framed and hung in the house.

Sorry for the crappy iPhone picture. 

The following Sunday we were up early (like before the sun early) and headed up to Bryson City! We had known that we wanted to go to the mountains and although we would like to spend more time in Asheville we were looking for something a little more remote. I follow Ashley's blog which you can view HERE and her and her family live in Bryson City and she is always sharing their amazing outdoor adventures so we knew there would be a lot to do.

Jason found a little cottage in the woods and we planned to go river tubing and white water rafting! After a beautiful drive up there we stopped and grabbed some lunch before heading to Deep Creek to go tubing. We couldn't check into the cabin until 4pm so we wanted to make the most of the day! Driving to the river there are NUMEROUS tube rental places and basically they are all the same! We got our tubes and made our way to the river!

If you remember last year we went river tubing with Josh and Tanya in Pennsylvania and had so much fun so I was really looking forward to doing it again, however this time was completely different. This river was actually quick moving for the most part with lots of drop offs and twists and turns, we had so much fun! The first time we went down top to bottom on the river but we learned very quickly that the second half of the river was low and slow and therefore we kept getting stuck on rocks and what not and said screw it and spent the rest of the time just going half way and then getting out and going back up to the top to enjoy the best part of the river!

Tom Branch Falls

I didn't take my phone or camera for obviously reasons but Jason brought an old waterproof camera and managed to get some really great pictures. 

The river was crazy, we were having so much fun! The water was warm enough and the water was moving quick enough that we never felt bored! We were a little worried that if I went under on one of the falls that I would lose my sunglasses and because they are prescription they are not cheap! Luckily although I flipped on one of the falls I managed to keep my glasses, I cant however say the same for Jason. 

On our last run of the river I was ahead of Jason and he went over one of the falls and flipped, it was really scary to be honest.. he looked like he broke his neck the way he went over. The water was moving so quickly that I couldn't stop because I had nothing to grab on to and his tube kept going as well. I finally managed to stop myself and grab his tube, but this time he had come up and was facing me.. with no sunglasses. Not as big of a deal because they were just a cheap pair and at that point I just kept asking him if he was OK, he said he was fine but when he turned around and his back was to me it was covered in blood! I guess when he went over he hit a rock and it really did a number on his back.. he was a real trooper about it considering how bad it was. 

After that we went back down to the bottom of the river where we were parked, changed into dry clothes and headed to the cabin. I'm not overly outdoorsy.. shocking I know but I was really looking forward to staying at the cabin and having a camp fire! The cabin was super cute and absolutely everything we needed, it had that rustic feel to it that you would hope for! 

There was a beautiful view of the mountains right through those trees! 

We only cooked on the fire, we had s'mores and drank beers and collected sticks for the fire.. it was such a great time! 

I decided to split the details of our trip into two parts because otherwise it would be one EXTREMELY long post! I will post the second half tomorrow and then hopefully next week get back into regular posting as well as the High Five for Friday Posts! 

I hope you guys have been having a fabulous August and enjoying all summer has to offer! Thank you as always for stopping by! Have a fabulous day! 

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  1. Love how your Alaska pic turned out and that cottage looks adorable!

  2. Thanks! We have had that picture forever and are just never around long enough to get it framed.. which BTW custom framing is DAMN EXPENSIVE! We do love how the picture turned out though!
    The cottage really was adorable, cozy and had everything we needed. I would definitely go back there!

  3. Missed your blog! And now I am in love with your Alaska picture! It's absolutely stunning! My son's g/f went white water rafting (I think the Ottawa River, but not sure). There were about 12 people on the rafts! They were HUGE! It looks like a lot of fun.

    1. Thanks Cathy!! The Alaska picture turned out really well, we are so happy with it! My parents and Aunt & Uncle bought it for us when they came to visit us in Alaska and so we are a little late getting it framed! We are so happy to have it done and up though!!
      I can understand how white water rafting looks fun, but let me tell you.. its TERRIFYING! I'm not sure I will be rushing to do it again any time soon!