There is something about nature that’s so good for the soul. It has such power to refresh and revive in ways not many other things can. Chris and I have found that we are most rejuvenated when we can get away – just the two of us – for a few days and spend time away from busy city life in a beautiful place and enjoy the great outdoors. So that’s what we did.
Last week, we took some time off, rented a vacation home from Air BnB, and spent a few days in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Virginia. It was the perfect mix of lounging, enjoying mountain views, eating breakfast on the grand front porch, watching the tube (NBA Finals, holla!) as well as driving through the long windy country roads, hiking a bit, and exploring Shenandoah National Park. It rained several times, cutting into most of our hiking time, but we did get to spend a morning trekking up to a waterfall, which was pretty great.
One of the coolest things we experienced was getting to see the wildlife. We watched a momma bear and her two cubs play in the wild – pretty spectacular. And we came across a baby fawn franticly stumbling up the road all by himself – probably one of the cutest little creatures I’ve ever seen. We later saw the fawn with his momma, so I could sleep in peace that night. There were lots of other fun critters around too, like chipmunks, alpacas, and rabbits. What can I say, we’re suckers for animals.
If you’re in the Northern Virginia/DC area and looking for a quiet getaway in the Shenandoah Mountains with your family, check out the Air BnB vacation rental where we stayed. Highly recommend it!
This weekend I watered plants and fed kittens for my friend who was out of town, and I had to whip out my iphone and take a few snapshots of her lovely backyard details. Succulents are just so great, aren’t they? There are so many different shapes, colors, and dimensions, they are timeless and beautiful, and they make for some fun photos!
So, the Disches have apparently found a new hobby… This past weekend, we took our second camping trip of the year and headed out to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I forget how much I love not wearing makeup and living in the “wild” for a couple days. It’s so liberating and refreshing. Chris says it’s because I don’t feel like I have to impress anyone. Which is true. And sad. Because why should I EVER feel that way? (Well, that’s another topic for another time…) Aside from all the emotional benefits from a trip like this, I found that I just straight up NEED them to clear my head, get away with my husband, turn my phone off, and just enjoy the outdoors.
And call me ignorant, but I didn’t know there were mountains in Oklahoma. And when I say mountains, think large and rocky cliffs and hills, not so much Rockies or Himalayas. Nonetheless, they were still pretty spectacular for a Texas girl like myself. We hiked several different trails deep into the wilderness (I’m not kidding), came across some pretty large bison (a little too close for comfort sometimes but still awesome, because bison are straight up prehistoric beasts), and enjoyed lots of camp fire food including non-Paleo junk like puffed Cheetos and s’mores. Lordy.