Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tennessee Trip: Smoky Mountains and Nashville


Last weekend, I joined Dan in Tennessee for a weekend adventure.
Thursday morning, we made the drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg, and the fall colors seemed to get brighter and brighter along the way.

We headed straight to Smoky Mountains National Park and drove up to Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park. 
After driving back down and into Pigeon Forge to get some groceries, we found our way to the airbnb we had rented. Our host showed us around, and we cooked dinner and settled in for the night. 

Friday morning we got up early and drove in the dark to the base of Mt. LeConte and waited for the sun to rise enough to begin our hike. It was cold. We headed up and enjoyed the varied terrain along the way.   
The view at the top, the third tallest peak in the Smoky Mountains, was beautiful. It was well worth the long hike. 
We made it back down six hours and about 11 miles after we started and drove into Gatlinburg for pizza and a little sampling of Ole Smoky Mountain moonshine. 
We had heard about a winter storm in the forecast but didn't take it too seriously. Overnight, though, the temperature dropped we awoke to about 6 inches of snow and no power in our cabin. 

I have to admit, it made me excited for the beginning of winter.
We packed up using flash lights and headed back to Nashville, the snow gradually disappearing along the way. 
It ended up being a beautiful afternoon in Nashville, and we explored the Germantown neighborhood and plotted our plans for the evening.  
We decided on a multiple-stop date, beginning with cocktails at Rolf and Daughters. We moved on to 312 Pizza for an appetizer, then to dinner at the Mad Platter. I had the duck breast and Dan had lamb, and we agreed it was the best meal we had had in a long time.

The delicious food continued on Sunday with brunch at the Germantown Cafe (I got the crab cakes benedict). It was a sunny day and afterward we walked through downtown Nashville and over to Crema Coffee to wrap up the day before I got dropped off at the airport. 
I spent the flight home in a tired but happy daze, overwhelmed by the goodness of the weekend. It was full of beauty, and just what we needed.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

summer so far.

Although the first official day of summer isn't technically until Saturday, the past few weeks have included their fair share of summer activities.  Nashville, cabin time, my first summer in St. Paul...it's all good and I'm ready for more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

life lately.

Life these days has been crazy and colorful, the days flying by in a blur. It's been fully spring and then back to winter, teasing us and giving us a taste of the sweet summer to come. It's been enjoying moments at home, a wonderful trip to Florida (and Harry Potter World!), concerts, birthday celebrations, beautiful performances, sunset runs, and reunions with faraway friends. It's getting through days when things don't quite make sense and worry about the future starts to creep in. It's remembering that even on those days, life is so, so good. It's reminiscing about where we were a year ago, and how much has changed. It's laughing on the floor and shaking our heads at these ridiculous, complicated, beautiful moments that make up being 22.

Monday, March 3, 2014

over the weekend.

I don't think I will ever get over the sense of wonder that comes with seeing a favorite musician play a live show. There's something truly amazing to me that that person that I've only before listened to through headphones or seen online is there, right there!, in the same room as me. This happened Friday night when I saw Noah Gundersen and his band (including his amazingly talented sister, Abby) at the 7th Street Entry. I loved every minute, even though I had to try so hard to stifle my coughs (I've been sick this week) because it was that kind of concert full of hushed moments where I didn't want to be the one to break the spell.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

snow day.

 A post-blizzard morning walk through our snow-covered neighborhood.
I'm so over winter, but it has its moments where it almost wins me back.

Friday, February 21, 2014

friday finds.


Happy Friday, friends! Here's a roundup of some links I've been loving lately: 

Thinking I might have to join along on this 52 Lists Project.

These whimsical envelopes are inspiring me to write more snail mail. 

25 easy recipes that will teach you how to cook

I love the idea of using binder clips to put together an easy gallery wall

Enjoying the quotes and photos on the Conscious Magazine instagram account

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

lately.

 A few things that make a long winter better: coffee, sunny days, good music and concerts, chocolate, tea, valentines, wine, friends. 

Spring, come soon.