Dan River Paddle

The infrequency with which I write might leave some to believe that I’m not doing a whole lot. <giggle> I feel like I am going a hundred miles an hour most days. I work long hours, so I try to enjoy every minute I am off work. Household chores interfere with that, but they need to be done. Last weekend…

New River Trail

I love the New River. I have kayaked on the new river and hiked along the New River Trail a number of times. I have also cycled along the trail now twice. When we went there a few weeks ago, I figured all of the fall colors would have faded onto the ground. I was surprised to see there were…

Shenandoah Fall Foliage Ride

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see the fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have lived near the Blue Ridge Mountains for over 23 years and not once have I made a trek to see fall along the parkway! This year, my dream came true. I rode 32 miles one day, hiked 3.5…

Gatlinburg Skybridge

Anyone who knows me knows that I am deathly afraid of heights. I don’t like flying in airplanes or climbing up tall ladders. I decided that I would conquer my fear for a short time and would walk across the Skybridge. I walked across it and back! I was shaking and felt like I was going to throw up, but…

Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee

I rode my bike 214 miles around Tennessee last week. I wasn’t sure that I could even ride 6 days in a row, much less ride 214 miles. I was probably the slowest and most inexperienced person at BRAT, but I finished. I surprised myself. Sitting on a bicycle that long, a person’s got some time to think. well, I…

The Road to Nowhere

With my job, I often find myself in the middle of what many people would call nowhere. I listened to a podcast once that said these places were really in the middle of somewhere. If you fly, you miss so many beautiful places. I have been blessed to drive quite a bit for my job and I get to see…

Level 54: the Long Boat

In a few weeks, I level up to level 54. Happy birthday to me! Fifty-four is going to be a great year. When I look back over the last 6 years, I realize just how amazing life is and how much God has really blessed me. Just when I think, “Life can’t get ANY better than this,” I look around…

Are You a Dreamer!?

I am a dreamer. I dream big and I dream small. I love to look at catalogs and dream about the places I could go with all the outdoor gear on each of the pages. I love to watch documentaries on the National Parks, all the beautiful places and all the beautiful creatures God created. I build bee houses for…

Mother’s Day

I had to drive almost 5 hours for work today–Mother’s Day–for work. Why!? We do what moms do. We work hard, we do what it takes to take care of our children and to make sure our children always have a place to call home. Almost 6 years ago, I wasn’t sure what I was. I felt like all the…