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Hubby and I needed a recharging weekend, he’s been very stressed at work, and I needed some relaxing, outdoor time.

I found Pilot Knob Inn, a charming B&B located about two hours away from home, out past Winston-Salem.

Before checking in, we went to Hanging Rock State Park, hiked up to the bouldering field and got to try our first attempt at outdoor bouldering. Now because we didn’t have any bouldering pads or anything, we stayed really low to the ground, so we wouldn’t get hurt if we fell. It was frustrating, because we very much wanted to climb higher and play on the rocks more, but we were suitably wary of broken bones or worse.

The bouldering field was incredible, I described it as a giant’s playground. Huge big rocks, climb a little path and find even more around the corner. We will definitely be going back!

Then we went to check in to our little log cabin!

cabin

Isn’t it darling? We completely fell in love with it. It was the honeymoon suite 🙂

doors

porch sitting

Our front porch! We stood out here and watched an awesome thunderstorm.

black kitty

There were four kittens who lived under our porch. They were happy to sit on the porch with us, but wouldn’t let us pet them. Their mom checked us out, and decided we were mostly harmless.

black white kitty

orange kitty

I love pink kitten feet

kitten pile

Kitten pile!!

cabin path

Isn’t this peaceful and beautiful? I felt so relaxed staying here.

birdhouse

Our birdhouse at the cabin

hubby and pup

Hubby and a pup who lived on the property, love at first sight for both.

bridge pose

A rare mermaid on a bridge sighting

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Hubby on swinging bridge

yumm

Some of the  yummy fruit spread I had for breakfast today

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pilot mtn tree

Today, we drove up to Pilot Mountain.

grapes

Then went to a nearby vineyard

slow grapes

I didn’t know there were fast grapes and slow grapes

grapes working

But even though they are slow grapes, they are hard workers

fruit wine

And they make lovely wines!

And that was our weekend! We came home feeling relaxed and that we had a chance to unwind, and really get away from everything, even though we were only gone for two days.

Hooray for mini getaways!

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Wanna see where I am getting married in just a few Saturdays from now?

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The dunes at Sunset Beach

beach-ramp

Beach access ramp, great for pictures, no?

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Coming on to the beach

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The pier and the beach

pier

The pier. We are getting married at the other end of the beach, where it is more private, as the pier is the main beach access point, but I think I will want to go down there for some pictures!

plantation-house

We are staying on the grounds here the night before. I want to come back and get some Southern Belle wedding pictures.

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Path on the grounds

steps

Steps at the plantation house

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boxes

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Would you like to come on a sunset hike along the Eno River? Yes? Good!

Capture the glowing light all around

I find this so sweet. The girl was so excited about the hike (we walked by her at one point when she was digging with a small stick, and she exclaimed happily that she found buried treasure. What more can one ask of a hike than to find buried treasure?

Everything was just glowing lovely

Isn’t this an amazing nest? I imagine that in bird currency, they pay a high price for such a swanky home on the river.

Sometimes, you float along and ride the current, and sometimes, you try to fight the current for a while, and where it is taking you

I love living in a fall painting

I think this is what melted gold would look like.

Just a small waterfall, a baby really, but still very pretty

I love this tree. I love the bark. I really like this photo, and I can’t explain why.

Ever feel like  your world has turned upside down and nothing is quite the way it should be? Life in a reflected world.

Change your perspective from time to time. Maybe upside down is actually correct?

Ahhh. This feels peaceful and soothing.

Thank you for joining me on my sunset hike!

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I loved these two guys!

Don’t they look like they are having a conversation?

This was part of a Waiting for Santa scene, the note actually says For Santa, although you can’t read it in the photo.

A lovely garden fairy in a neighboring scene

Kitteh at the gate

Some of the flowers in the flower competition

Walking around by the carnival strip

yin and yang in the garden area

Tobacco leaves drying

Thanks for playing with me at the fair!

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From the NC State Fair this weekend — where deep frying could be an official sport, I think

I think my arteries clogged and my blood pressure shot up just by taking these pictures and being near so much deep fried-ness.

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B and I went out hiking on Saturday, to Hanging Rock State Park, out by Winston-Salem.

Come enjoy the summit with us, won’t you?

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