Our favorite walking/biking trail has been closed for construction, they’re building a huge road bridge above it.
But we decided to walk on it anyway.
I guess these will eventually be the columns that hold up the bridge!
I don’t know what this little truck does but it’s cute!
One time when I got an iced coffee from Starbucks, Chester went nuts for it!
First he licked the condensation off the sides because he has an extreme love for water, then he went for the straw..
Cloud wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about.
Look a waterfall!
The motel we stayed at on the blue ridge was in walking distance to this little waterfall.
After that miserably long winter we had, it was so nice to be surrounded by so many green plants.
We saw a lady’s slipper orchid in the wild!!
My first outfit post with my new hair!
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21
I usually never wore this skirt high up on my waist with my shirt tucked in because I thought that made it just a liiitle too short. But then I had the idea to put the belt above the skirt instead of over it like I had been doing, which allows me to wear the skirt a little bit lower where I am more comfortable!
I’ve been looking for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe and I recently found this one. The picture made my mouth water so I thought I would give it a try!
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth, then add the egg and the vanilla.
In a separate bowl mix together all the dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda and salt.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture until incorporated, then add the chocolate chips.
Of course I had a supervisor!
Once everything is mixed, spoon out onto baking sheet, giving them plenty of room to spread.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown.
Mine ended up spreading out more than I hoped, so maybe next time I’ll make them a little thicker to start with. They were really good though!
I recently picked a carrot from my vegetable garden. The cats were enamored with the leafy green carrot top.
But in the end, they decided it didn’t taste very good and went on their way!
While we were driving up to the mountains for our blue ridge parkway trip, I saw a billboard for something called the brown mountain lights. It sounded familiar so I googled it and found out that there are these unexplained lights that occasionally appear in the woods and float up above brown mountain. I got mildly obsessed with researching it; how does nobody know what they are?! I am a very skeptical person and wanted to see them for myself so badly. But knew that was highly unlikely because that would mean camping out in the middle of nowhere and the sightings seemed so few and far between that chances of actually seeing them was very slim.
Upon my research I read about this awesome overlook called wiseman’s view where you can see brown mountain from, so if I couldn’t see the lights, I’d definitely settle for just seeing the mountain. Although the thing that really sold me on it was that the website said at night you could see the soft glow of the city I live in, which was a good 2-3 hours away. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see my city in the daytime but just knowing I was staring at it from so far away gave me this crazy feeling. I HAD to go to this place!
The drive up there was a little scary, you turn off the main road onto this weird backroad that eventually turns into a very narrow, very hilly, gavel path. Most places were not wide enough for two cars to fit so if another one was coming, one of you was going to have to pull aside into the brush! On one part of the road we were on the very top of a mountain range with a steep drop on either side. And you know those runaway truck ramps they have on highways in the mountains to stop semi trucks if their brakes happen to fail? Well on this path they had miniature versions. For you car ._. We kept asking ourselves if we should turn around, but we kept on going and eventually made it! The path to walk to the overlook was nicely paved and smooth which I found kind of funny..
I was not disappointed! The view was amazing!
Brown mountain is that long ridge behind those two peaks, and apparently the lights have been seen floating all over that general area. Beyond that ridge is where you can apparently see the glow of my city at night.
You stand on this little rock patio that overlooks Linville gorge 1500 ft below!
I’ll leave you with this little panorama I made. (Brown mountain is that blue hazy line right in the middle!) To see it in a larger size click here.
Even though it would be super scary, I would love to go out there at night in hopes of seeing the lights, I am so baffled and intrigued by them! There are some links here and here to some info and theories behind them if you’re curious!
On my exploring the city post, I mention how we stumbled upon this little area next to a creek. Since I happened to be wearing a dress, I thought it would make a neat place for outfit pictures!
(Ignore my frizzy hair, it was very humid!)
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: Some obscure website that sells Coelacanth stuff
Nothing too exciting to say about this outfit, my favorite style of dress paired with my trusty belt that I seem to wear with nearly every outfit. I’d love to find other colors/styles of belts like this, but never see them anywhere. Maybe I should start wearing normal belts and just wrap them around a few times.
A little while back Abigail over at Sweeter Gets the Journey, awarded me with the versatile blogger award! She has a wonderful blog about adventures with her cute little pup, nightly sunset photos and just every day happenings in her hometown, go check it out!
For the Versatile blogger award you reveal seven facts about yourself and then nominate some other bloggers for the award, so here it goes:
1) I find myself inspired by odd things: Clotheslines, power lines, crumbling factory buildings in the city.. Those are things I could photograph for hours!
2) I haven’t seen my natural hair color in about six years. And I don’t plan on seeing it anytime soon.
3) I love cleaning. Or maybe I just despise messes and clutter so much that the thought of keeping it away makes me enjoy cleaning. I feel itchy and anxious if the house is a mess.
4) I love astronomy, learning about the universe always blows my mind. I love looking up at the stars at night.
5) I have been studying french on and off since I was little. One day I hope to be fluent in it and then I want to visit France.
6) One time when I was little I swallowed a french fry weird and it scrapped the inside of my throat. I thought it had poked a hole in my throat so I had meltdown in the middle of McDonalds and refused to eat french fries for years after that.
7) Now that I’m grown and am eating French fries again, they might be one of my favorite foods aside from pizza. I could eat them every day.
Here are my nominations!
Thanks again Abigail for nominating me! 🙂
I decided to feature Zoe in this weeks cat photos friday, since the 9th marks the three year anniversary of when we found her.
It was my sister’s birthday and my mom was going to let her pick out a kitten. They went to Petsmart with hopes of taking home a cute little cat, but their adoption process is very extensive and would have taken days to get approved to adopt a cat. So that was a bummer.
Later that evening Steven and I decided to take a bike ride on the greenway near our house. When passing this weird raised manhole that led to the sewer, we saw a tiny kitten sitting on top crying so hard. I stopped in my tracks and tried to get her, but she was scared and jumped down into the sewer pipe. I could hear her cries echoing though the pipe. :'( We continued on with our bike ride but I couldn’t stop thinking about the poor little kitten that I thought for sure I’d never see again. On our way back we looked around and found her in a ditch of the other side of the path! She was crying at me but was still too nervous for me to get her. I have no idea why, but I decided to mew at her, she went quiet, stared at me, and mewed back. I mewed again, and she took a few steps and mewed back. This went on until she got close enough for me to grab her! I put her in my bike basket and we raced home to show my mom and sister what I found! I still can’t believed I mewed a wildcat into my arms..
Month later we went back to the site and took a picture of where she came from. That’s the thing she was sitting on when we first saw her.
She is the craziest little wildcat!
She loves her scratching pole….
Especially knocking it over..
…and chewing the corners
This the first picture I took of her after we brought her home. Exhausted from the bike ride!
Sookie was a bit skeptical of the new baby..
She tried to keep an eye on Zoe at all times, but sometimes she feel asleep at her post!
Eventually Sookie got used to her 🙂
And just in case you weren’t already overloaded with cat photos. Here is a video of baby Zoe in all her wildcat craziness.