We went on the longest vacation we've ever taken this summer. Experienced more amazing things, saw more natural beauty, had better visits with family and friends, and went to more historical sites than I thought possible in five weeks. Aside from a few minor meltdowns and minor sibling "issues", there's really not a bad memory from the trip.
It's hard to list favorites, because everything we did was so diverse and had different tones and settings. Throughout the trip, we were treated to all types of natural beauty. It's easy to think it's all gotten spoiled and that there truly is a Starbucks and Wal-mart on every corner. But, thank goodness, it really doesn't take traveling that far to truly feel remote, away from it all, and renewed. And even in urban environments pockets of green can be stops along the way that ground you in the earth.
Artichoke bloom at Monticello
I always feel more content and in tune in the mountains, and it turns out I live with several males who are never happier than near water. Our trip to the southeast held something for everyone.
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Atlantic Beach, NCMore stories and photos to come...