Dwelling on… Thanksgiving, favorite and new hiking spots, and getting off the beaten path.

A while back, I posted an #ArchiTalks post about work/life titled Turning Work Off. This week I have a bit to add to those thoughts.

 

Brother Ed and Annmarie

Brother Ed and Annmarie at Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah National Forest, NC

Take Off, Get Outside

Last Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving Holiday, Annmarie, her brother Ed, and I went into the Pisgah National Forest and up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for some time outdoors.

 

Graveyard-fields-pano

Graveyard Fields off the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Beautiful WNC

One thing I am thankful for is this beautiful place we call home.  The mountains and forests around here attract tourist from all over the world to breathe in the air, take in the views, and visit the urban attractions.  I will never take it for granted that it is all in our back yard.

 

Tour Guiding

Usually, to entertain visitors, we head up Hwy 276 for a visit to the Ranger Station/Visitor’s Center, a scenic drive, stop at Looking Glass Falls, and on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for vistas and perhaps a hike at Graveyard Fields.

 

Excursions

In planning this day, however, Annmarie shared a new find – a trail that was off a fire road that lead to a waterfall that we had not seen yet.  It was not directly accessed from Hwy 276, which made it a good candidate for little to no crowds.

 

Falls on Barnett Trail, Pisgah National Forest, NC

Falls on Barnett Trail, Pisgah National Forest, NC

Turns out we had the trail and waterfall all to ourselves.

 

Work/Life

Looking back on the day, it strikes me as a great metaphor on taking the time to find new directions, do some research about them, and get off the beaten path.  The rewards on this day outdoors have parallels to real life rewards; there are usually few people with which to share the path, the goal is a nice prize to strive for, and it is rewarding to share the adventure with those close to you.

 

Please share, what kind of fun did you have this Thanksgiving?