I travel the world and am truly amazed with the sights, cultures, and people but in my eyes there is no place like home.


31 August 2011

Blue Ridge Mountains – Humpback Gap

I was in Virginia about a month ago for a JAG Contracting course. Over the weekend a few of us decided to hike the Blue Ridge Mountain, specifically up to Humpback Gap to check out the amazing view.

The hike was quite treacherous and almost straight up on a wide variety of terrains.

The view at the top was breathtaking!

The boys were quite nervy out on the edge.

However, I was a lil terrified and kept a tight grip on the rock at all times and never venturing too close to the edge.

On the way back we decided to take the “less than 3 mile” less drastic decline route to check out the Appalachian Trail and have a small picnic.

Gorgeous – but 3 miles felt longer than expected due to the constant climb and descent we traversed.

Plus the sky was starting to look frightening…

Of course instead of dropping us near our vehicle as promised this dropped us approximately three miles away.

*you can see the road we ran on in the above picture.
Before we were even a mile in the sky opened up and one of the worst thunder/lightening/rain storms I have ever witnessed was upon us. We started sprinting down the road/mountain towards our car. Waterfalls appeared out of nowhere, the rain was so ferocious it hurt, and you could barely see your hand in front of you. Scary stuff but we laughed and made the best of it. Thankfully about two miles in some good Samaritans picked us up and gave us a ride the final mile.

Don’t we look lovely!! I hid in the back for a reason – mass amounts of rain/white tank top. Such an adventurous day and I would gladly repeat even with the rain.

29 August 2011

Love Your Love the Most

One of my all time favorite songs is by none other than Mr. Church.

His concerts at Stir Cover are always amazing!! (this is his third year in a row performing there and he shot his music video for Drink in My Hand at Stir!). This year was even better than prior as Christine and I got to meet him in person and snap a few pics.

*Above four photos by Chip Duden check out more of his amazing pics here.

And who doesn’t love an opportunity to don your finest pair of kicks and a Stetson….

And spend time with family and friends.

27 August 2011

Sunshine in the Form of Wildflowers

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and soaking up every last bit of summer sun.

26 August 2011

Makes me Wanna Take a Back Road

Anyone else stop along the road to take pictures?

Please tell me I am not the only crazy person out there!

I have found that dirt roads are always prime photo opportunities as so much loveliness right outside the window it’s impossible not to stop and snap a picture from time to time…..

24 August 2011

I would like to Introduce you to My Future Husband

Mr Jerrod Niemann. It’s possible right?

Totally kidding – but he is pretty stinking hot and has an amazing voice, mad guitar skills, and is a whole lot of fun. After a fun filled evening with Jerrod and his band in Council Bluffs I was lucky enough for a repeat at the Knox County Fair a few weeks ago.

County Fairs – perfect weather – country music = sheer happiness! Regretfully our evening of fun was cut short due to an unfortunate chain of events. Anyone else a fan of Jerrod Niemann and/or county fairs?

23 August 2011

Wanna Go for a Run?

It’s been a crazy summer! Thankfully the country and long leisurely runs are a prescription for happiness.