For a while, I didn’t feel like blogging for a couple of reasons. First, we were having fun and doing things and who has time to write about it all? Then after the fun and games, who wants to sit down and actually concentrate on writing about it all?!? So I would keep putting it off which meant it got harder to blog because I simply forgot all the stuff we did and any cool tips I might have learned. I guess I should have blogged while it was still fresh in my mind. So blogging just kept getting pushed off.
Unfortunately that means when I DO want to blog about some cool stuff we did, I can’t because I would have to catch up with the previous spots first. Since I was just digging myself into a bigger hole, I decided enough is enough! So this is going to be a lame blog post about some of the things that happened in the last few months, mostly in picture form so I can finally catch up and blog real-time after this post (fingers crossed that I keep that promise).
I met up with friends in Katy TX for our second annual Ladies’ Get Together where we ate a lot and compared two different nitrogen ice cream places (Subzero and Creamistry. Creamistry wins hands down), visited the Houston Space Center/Johnson Space Center (it was crowded due to Spring Break), introduced friends to fun tabletop games (Spot It, Pandemic, Fluxx, Hanabi) and had a total blast!
We took a drive up the Natchez Trace Parkway in March which is a little early in the season. Good news? Not crowded. Bad news? Trees not yet in bloom, not quite as scenic as in the spring or fall. We stopped at a few of the sights and saw parts of the old Trace. Only did half the Trace because then we went to Tiffin in Red Bay AL for some 6-month warranty work which took longer than expected. Lots of people, long waits, and impatience meant we “only” stayed for 3 weeks and left before all the issues on our list were fixed. Due to the longer than expected stay, we scrapped the rest of our Trace plans and went straight to Shenandoah, VA to get back on schedule.
At Shenandoah, we finally got to pull out our hiking legs again and boy they weren’t happy to be left alone for this long! The Rose River Loop was great for Opie since it followed a river for most of the trail and he got to go in whenever he wanted. We also did Mary’s Rock but the longer version where it starts from Pinnacles Picnic Area and follows the Appalachian Trail for a couple of miles. It’s a much better way to do Mary’s Rock (in my opinion) because the views are a lot more stunning, the path is less crowded, and the elevation is less severe. Unfortunately no watering holes so we had to wet Opie down multiple times with our water supply. While at Shenandoah, we also visited Luray Caverns and saw some pretty awesome stone formations.
Next stop was “home” to visit family for a few weeks and get lots (and lots and lots and lots) of home-cooked meals. From home, it was a quick trip to visit a friend in Philly and check out the Chinese Lantern Festival and hit Six Flags Great Adventure (NJ) for our first amusement park of the year.
There, done! And I think I was able to do that all in one big breath too!