Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

View of the Smoky Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina
View of the Smoky Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina

The first picture I took in Asheville this summer was the view out the back of my hotel. It was Hour 1 of vacation, the first one I’d ever taken without my favorite boy toy (or sister). I was reluctant to do it, even though my boy toy encouraged me to have some time to myself.  It was just weird going without him, spending that much money, and being on my own for a vacation.  For me, this represents this week’s photo challenge of adventure.

I wrote this in my journal:

Driving down to Asheville, my emotions were all over about doing this.  But as I sit here on Wednesday, in an Adirondack chair overlooking the Smoky Mountains, I’m glad I did this.  I’m glad I came to the mountains instead of the beach.  Glad I’ve been able to hike, walk around, and take the shuttle from place to place.  Glad for the cool mountain air and low humidity and the greenery as far as I can see.

It’s been good to see and do different things, to walk and take pictures.  Good to get away from work and home into a different albeit very luxurious setting.  I’m glad to have done a shorter visit and have a such a great place to stay.  It’s been really worth it to have a nicer place, nicer food, and better safety.

I am enjoying this and being here by myself.  I’m glad I did it even with how much I disliked doing the drive to be here.

And the mountains.  Oh the mountains are great.  I’m glad I paid extra for a room that faces them.  To see them with everything I do here.

It was fun!  I took a lot of pictures, ate all kinds of delicious food, spent a lot of time outside, and was satisfied each night when I went bed.  I even took a trip into downtown Asheville to visit a local bookstore (during a rainy morning).  I did dislike the drive back and forth more than I expected, but it was worth the effort.

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Today’s 30 Days of Lists topic is “every night before I go to bed”.  The list was pretty long, mostly due to the dogs.  But the short version is:

  1. Put the dogs out one last time
  2. Gate them into the kitchen
  3. Set the alarm and go upstairs (we’ve had several home invasions in our neighborhood, so we now use an alarm on the house)
  4. Brush my teeth
  5. Get in bed
  6. Turn out the light
  7. Read my iPad for a while
  8. Go to sleep!

Mmm, mmm, love that iPad for reading!


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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.

8 Comments Leave a comment

  1. That is a great view. Looks like you were way up in the air when you took that. Glad you had a getaway opportunity for yourself. I like reading on my iPad, too.

    • I was up on the 6th floor, so it was pretty high up. I was glad I went away too, but it was hard wrapping my head around it. I’m just not used to doing that.

      Aren’t the iPad’s the greatest? Don’t have to worry about the light or if the print is too small. And I can carry a pretty big library with me too! No more lugging big bags of books everywhere.

  2. I have often thought it would be lovely to go somewhere on your own for a few days & just be. I love to cycle & although I enjoy riding with company, riding alone allows me to solve the problems of the world in my own head.

    Looks like the place you chose was absolutely beautiful!

    • Lynn, it was gorgeous. I enjoyed the grounds, the restaurants & shops, and being able to hang out late at night on that patio, then go straight up to my room. It did take me a while though to adjust to being alone. It doesn’t happen at home very often and I pretty much never go anywhere by myself unless it’s to my daughter. But I will definitely do it again

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