A Perfect Fall Afternoon

After we thawed out Saturday morning, we packed up and headed into Dahlonega to do a little shopping and exploring. The weather could not have been more perfect. The sky was so blue, and it felt so good in the sunshine.

 

 

I absolutely love this little mountain town. The square is so cute and fun!

Our first stop was The Fudge Factory, which I absolutely love. We bought some peanut brittle and some homemade peanut butter cups. They were to die for!

After satisfiying our sweet tooth, we headed out to shop. My absolute favorite place in Dahlonega is this little shop called The Humble Candle. They have lots of candles, of course, but they also have gifts and home decor.  The boys checked out the vintage music store, and we all tried some exotic jerky. All in all, I'd call it a successful day!

When we left Dahlonega, we stopped at a park to have a picnic lunch. This was such a nice place!

After we finished our sandwiches and packed everything back up, the boys skipped rocks on the little creek.

And of course we had a mini-photo shoot...

The last leg of our Framping trip was Uncle Shuck's corn maze. This is the 4th year we have gone! The corn was pretty much all dead, which made it kind of creepy... But it was super fun!

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Our last stop on the way home was Jim'N Nick's Bar-B-Que. I hadn't eaten here in years, and it was delicious! The 6 of us got this platter to split, and it was awesome!

 

Framping (Friends + Camping)

This past weekend we went camping with our friends. It was such a fun weekend, but Lord, have mercy: It was C O L D.

The temperature dipped to right above freezing Friday night. It felt good right next to the fire, and in my sleeping bag, but that was about it.

The wind, man. The wind.

The weather Saturday morning was beautiful. There were no clouds in the sky, and once the sun came up it felt really good outside. It was a perfect fall day.

Bacon, Pancakes & Coffee: The best camping breakfast, ever.

The campground we stayed at was pretty nice. It was under new ownership, so they were in the middle of fixing it up. The bathhouse was a little tragic, but the actual grounds were nice.

We even had a visitor come hang out with us during breakfast! He was so sweet and friendly. He loved us... Especially when we gave him a piece of bacon : )

Camping in the Smokies: Wednesday

312 No rain Tuesday night, which meant we got a good night's rest! We slept a little later and just relaxed before it was time to start packing everything up.

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My favorite part of our tent was the "porch" on it. It was just a nice little area to sit and listen to the creek.

I really hated to leave. I could have stayed for the rest of the week. It was wonderful! I seriously cannot wait to go camping again!

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On the way home we stopped at the coolest salvage shop ever. It was full of old doors, old windows, nick nacks, antiques, etc. It was just so cool! We had no room in our car, so I didn't get to buy anything unfortunately, but this is definitely a place I want to go back.

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The last place we stopped was a restaurant in Cleveland, Georgia called Fromage. It. Was. Amazing. Their lunch menu was full of unique sandwiches and neither of ours disappointed!

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B ordered the Banh Mi which was Pork Belly on a French roll, and I ordered the Roast Beef & Butternut Squash on Sourdough. Of course, we tried each others' : ) On the side we got cous cous salad, which was strangely good.

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Now, I am sitting at home, catching up on our DVR and blogging. I love traveling, but I sure do love coming home, too. Anywhere with my B is my favorite place to be!

Camping in the Smokies: Clingman's Dome & Newfound Gap

Tuesday afternoon we explored some in the mountains. B took me to two really cool places: Clingman's Dome and Newfound Gap. Clingman's Dome is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. It's so high!

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I have a slight fear of heights, so  I was pretty overwhelmed... and this was just the parking lot! We had to hike another 1/2 mile to the top.

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The Appalachian Trail crosses right through the trail to the top. I walked a little ways down, so I guess now I can say I've hiked a portion of the AT! ; ) hehe!

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When you get to the top of the mountain, you still have to walk a little further to the observation tower. I was nervous on the way up, but it was worth the hike! The views were breathtaking.

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There is a 360 degree view from the top. You can see into Tennessee and up to 100 miles on a clear day! These are the views from the North, West, East & South. I know it is cliche to say, but I really was just amazed at the mountains, the sky and all the beauty around me. I couldn't help but just think of how God created this beautiful place for us to live in and to enjoy. It really just made me feel very small, and very humbled.

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"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?" Psalm 8:3-4

The next place we went was Newfound Gap. It is right on the Tennessee/North Carolina Border.

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It seriously didn't look real. The leaves were starting to change colors and the sky was so blue!

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 I used to be a beach person, but I think I'm slowly becoming a "mountain" person : )

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We headed out to explore more of the park and then stopped for a picnic lunch. I love this place so much. I cannot wait to go back!