Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Annual New Year's Trip.. Georgia on my mind.....


this is one happy little girl... 


Here we go to Georgia... our annual road trip... During the holidays with our business and life it tends to be one busy month... so usually the day after Christmas a nice little get-away is usually a good idea!
We keep it really simple... find some cabin in the middle of no where... a couple of requirements... Fireplace
Jacuzzi
log cabinie looking :-)
in the middle of some good hiking!


on the way up we stop here and there at rest stops... the same stops I remember taking as a kid... We cook up some lunch let the kids hike and run... us too! it's perfect!



my gosh... I think I have twins...



so finally we are settled in our cozy cabin... ready for some relaxing!



this is enough... playing games, hot chocolate, no where to be, no where to go... no schedules, no worries! just paradise!




waking slowly... filling bellies... thinking about a possible hike...




along the ride to a cool waterfall hike we just had to stop at this little side of the road store... it was so cute... all the little bird baths that had water were frozen even... fun for the girls to pop the ice and crrrrack....




hiking to me is the best! breathing in that fresh cool air... puffing out puffs of "smoke" into the forest! When we hike often we feel so little... like little wanderers in this big Earth... Remember to look up, I tell my girls... you never know what's above... the hawks soaring... the chipmunks scampering... the ice ohhh the ice... little frozen drip drops from all of the pine branches... such different landscape for us... 



I have loved watching my little girl hikers become big girl hikers... I love how they remember to grab a dead stick pick it up and off they go... I love how proud they walk... head up looking ahead... taking it all in...
and then at last they reach the top... I see their smiles... they are so proud of what they accomplished...
and they should feel proud,
 those little legs worked so hard...


New Year's Eve Dinner... Filet, with Bernais sauce! yes please!



She almost made it to midnight...


another day of hiking... our youngster stays close but our wild older girl likes to be alone... the leader...



winter nature is beautiful to me...



we often find little places to stop for a pause... to sit and watch things... eat some apples, sandwiches... we stay quiet so that we can listen to any birds... just take it easy.


then off we go again and again... 



back to our cabin... I loved the one we picked this year...


we found this giant lake with the coolest trails and playground next to it...





Helen, Georgia is just adorable! We have been many times but it never looses it's charm... just little hidden gems...



even a fun gem shop... with marbles! how fun!



the morning we were leaving we woke to the most amazing tiny bed of snow! at last! it snowed! We were so happy! We had a few hours to play in the snow and just have fun!









back home we go... so many memories of such a fun little vacation!



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