Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~ John Muir
There are times when you just need to get out of the city and be with Nature. City life itself may have its perks and to many, the epitome of success and the metropolitan life but I admit I am more of the outdoorsy type than a city girl. I can rough it out for a couple of weeks. However, I can’t live without my modern day comforts too. What’s a girl to do without her Starbucks and wifi!
Striking a balance between the two is important to me and my sanity. I have never considered myself an “extremist” as I am pretty much a laid back person, sensitive and sometimes thinking that I belong to a different era and most of the time feeling like a square peg in a round hole.
The love for travel (and photography) is one of the main reasons I started this blog. Whether we travel locally or abroad does not even matter. What matters is how you see things from different perspectives and how you interact with the people around you.
This time around, we traveled, more like road tripped to one of our favorite local destinations ever ~ Asheville! It is a city in North Carolina that is bursting with local flavor, art and the outdoors. We love it so much that at one point we even considered relocating. Well, who knows? Read more about past posts here.
Because we have been to Asheville so many times, we skipped the usual jaunts and decided to try to be local. We will be working and living here temporarily in the next couple of weeks anyway so we might as well practice. And also, having only two days does not really give us enough time to do much.
So, we decided to hike one of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ easier trails. Getting there is only half the fun. If you haven’t been on the Blue Ridge Parkway yet, you have to go, especially during Fall when everything is alive with color. It is such a beautiful leisurely drive that takes you down winding roads and tunnels and breath taking vistas of the mountains and trees. It is considered one of America’s scenic drives.
The Park Rangers at the Visitor Center suggested we go to Craggy Gardens if we wanted just a short and easy hike with nice views. It took us a total of about two hours from driving to the trail head, hiking and then back to our lodging.
We took two trails. The first one was too short and the second one was too long and technical so we didn’t go all the way. Our hike lasted only about 45 minutes or so (maybe 30 minutes if you are fast), but we took our time because I was stopping so much for photos! And this is why sometimes I don’t like going with a group because I hate to be rushed and at the same time I feel like I am slowing them down. Even the hubby has to sometimes look back and remind me of the time.
But when I am outdoors, everything is the perfect photo op! From the ground up to the skies, big and small, I find beauty in the most mundane of things.
Enjoying my walk in the woods…
Even with my hubby rushing me sometimes, he gladly obliges to be the subject of most of my images. He makes a good funny face too!
Best of all, time spent outdoors is time well spent. It is in the greens and the blues, the fresh air and that earthy scent that wakes me up and refreshes my spirit.