New Years in North Carolina
On Friday, Dave & I loaded up the car with our dogs, our luggage and some of our favorite friends and headed to North Carolina for an impromptu trip. We went to North Carolina over Thanksgiving and loved it so much, we decided to go back for New Years. We stayed at a different cabin this time and we had no cell service and no access to internet. It actually felt sort of nice to be temporarily disconnected from the world.
The cabin was on almost 2 acres of land and was completely fenced in, so Ob & Marley loved running wild and free. We actually got a little bit of snow on our first day, which was really cool to all of us Floridians.
I know – you are diggin’ our outfits. Plaid pajamas and Uggs + sandals and socks = stylish winter wear, right?
On our second day of the trip, we went on a 2 mile hike up an icy mountain. We had a blast, but it was so icy I felt like I spent the majority of the hike watching my step in an effort to avoid slipping and falling
to my death. Of course, my efforts failed and I busted it going down the mountain, which was to be expected since I am the.clumsiest.person.on.the.planet. Just call me Miss Grace. Luckily, no bones were broken and we finished the hike successfully.
Even though the ice made it challenging to hike, the icicles hanging from the side of the mountain were really beautiful to look at. We also had to trek through some mud once we got to the top of the mountain and I had a mini meltdown because my shoes were covered in black mud. I may or may not have thrown a fit at the top of the mountain. Yes – I’m a real gem. Luckily, Dave cleaned my shoes when we got home and they looked good as new for our next day of hiking.
We went on the longest hike of my life on New Years Eve Day. We were trying to get to an overlook where you could supposedly see North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. We hiked nearly 8 miles and never found it though, but I laughed harder during that hike than I did during the entire trip.
Somehow this out and back trail was uphill both ways (←riddle me that), so it was a bit challenging but I spent the majority of the hike cracking up at our friends. We didn’t see 1 person during our 3+ hour hike, so we were able to let Ob & Marley off their leash and they went nuts the entire time, sprinting through the woods hunting Lord knows what.
Unfortunately, after our hike I started feeling a little under the weather and by the time New Years Eve rolled around I was running a fever and fighting the flu. We enjoyed a dinner at a local restaurant and then headed home to play some games and ring in the new year. I was feeling pretty crummy though, so I ended up crawling into bed around 11 and missing the countdown. Dave woke me up at midnight for a kiss (he’s convinced he is immune to illnesses, so he isn’t worried about my germs), but I rolled right back over and drifted back to sleep. It was confirmed I was sick today when I turned down a blizzard from Dairy Queen. When I turn down ice-cream it is time to call the medics.
Even though I’m currently feeling pretty gross, it was still a wonderful trip filled with lots of laughs. I am thankful I got to ring in the New Year in such a beautiful place with such beautiful people.
Now, I’m home and unpacked and off to bed! I can’t be sick right now because I go back to work tomorrow and I have a half marathon in 2 weeks. Yikes!