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in the wilderness

roanoke, va

Two weekends ago I road tripped up to Roanoke, VA to visit my sister, Sarah, who is in grad school at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Lucky for her she gets to live in such a cute little valley town surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains while studying. We packed the weekend full of activities including: eating at cool places, visiting the farmer’s market, shopping at numerous antique stores, stopping by a mountaintop vineyard, going downtown, and hiking part of the A.T.

enjoying the drive, windows down!

sarah at the farmer’s market

black dog salvage – this place is AWESOME

antique car for sale

charlotte’s web – this is where i actually made some really good purchases – more on those later!

valhalla vineyard

downtown Roanoke at night

father’s day hike with Sarah and Dad to Dragon’s tooth

top of the dragon’s tooth!

enjoyed father’s day lunch at The Homeplace with this view

I had a great weekend visiting Sarah and hiking with Dad. I’ll share more later on my antique store finds and what I plan to use them for! Think doily coasters and vintage brewery crates. Oh yes!

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shackleford banks

This past weekend I went on a kayaking trip with my Dad to the outer banks. We hit the road around 6am Saturday morning with Harker’s Island as our destination – about a 4 hour drive from Southern Pines. Once we made it there it took a little while to unload the kayaks and get everything packed up into them. We paddled for 4 miles from Harker’s Island to Shackleford Banks with the wind and waves against us most of the time.

Once we reached the destination it was time to set up camp! I was excited to use my new tent. Ok well, not really new, but new to me. Back in January at an REI garage sale I scored this awesome North Face Tadpole 23 two person backpacking tent. And this trip gave me the chance to finally get to use it!

We walked down the beach for a couple hours and also hiked through the center of the island to reach the other side. Oh and did I mention there are wild horses? We stumbled across quite a few of those. Well, actually they stumbled across us since we were apparently right in their grazing path.

While hiking across the island we picked up quite a bit of dead limbs to use for firewood later in the night. We cooked some supper with dad’s Jet Boil and watched the sunset over camp. Oh and I forgot to mention I stepped on a baby cactus that tried to leave its 2 inch needle in my foot.

After a good night’s sleep in my trusty tent we made some breakfast that was interrupted by a rainstorm. Thankfully it didn’t last much more than an hour and then it cleared up to be a beautiful day. We packed up camp, packed up the kayaks and headed about half a mile across the sound to Cape Lookout. We explored the lighthouse for a little bit before heading back to Harker’s Island.

Pretty sure I spent half my time and energy getting back going the right direction. I just couldn’t keep that thing straight and it went the opposite direction of where ever I was trying to go! But it was a great time!