Monday, October 31, 2016

Some October Bits

On the last day of October, I'm sitting outside in 75-degree weather with red and yellow leaves dropping everywhere! Everyone on the planet loves October but this hot weather is so incredibly strange. Despite the unseasonable weather, we had lots of fall adventures this month that I want to share.

We kicked off the month with a camping trip with just the two of us in the beautiful Pisgah National Forest. Here's the Roots Rated break down of the spot we chose. I've never camped "roadside" before and I have to admit there were some spooky moments in the dark, but it was pretty cool to be alone in the woods. It makes me realize how sheltered we are living in the city, where we are never officially in the dark. Very odd. Makes me want to move to the country. Cue all the MLS searches....



The very next weekend I was off for a much overdue trip to visit my lifelong friend Abbey. I hadn't spent any significant length of time with her since her wedding two years ago! We talk a lot and send cards, but you can't beat good old fashioned shit shootin' in person. Abbey and her husband Dan and dog Sugarbee live in a cute little 'hood near DC. I flew in after work on Friday and we didn't get to bed until 4am...we had A LOT to talk about! While I was there, we went to yoga at her studio, visited the Hirshorn, ate at the coolest bookstore/restaurant, went to her husband's show and visited a winery. But the BEST part was Sunday night dinner, cooked by Dan, complete with red and white wine courses and after dinner aperitifs. We didn't finish until midnight and talked about everything from Beyonce to the Italian Renaissance. I totally admire the two of them; they consciously sit down for dinner together every Sunday and neither has a smartphone or TV. 






The NEXT weekend, Heather and I had to take care of some important business...the most beautiful fall hike in Asheville! Craggy Gardens is such a popular spot because it has amazing views everywhere you look. We always see people taking engagement photos every time we are up there!





We ended that weekend with dinner with my Dad at the Salvage Station. I am so lucky that he travels to Asheville all the time for work!




 We also were lucky enough to have a spontaneous weekend visitor! One of Heather's oldest friends from Florida called her last Friday and asked to come for the weekend. Of course we were pumped!



This past weekend we had a Pumpkin Party, as we have tried, to do every year since we met! Our super talented friends carved some amazing pumpkins, we drank pumpkin beer and had a huge spread of pumpkin food! The rest of the weekend was spent celebrating Halloween and I ended it with a beautiful run by the river and a much-needed soak with the little buddies left over from the party.

(The best picture of us that night...I know...)





 And now for 24 days of Thanksgiving. The holidays are officially upon us!