“My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane.” – Robert Frost
Last weekend I decided it was time to do some family fun. I prepared a picnic lunch, and loaded the family up early Saturday morning to head up to the North Carolina mountains. We went to Apple Hill Orchard in Morganton. We had a great experience picking apples, eating donuts and enjoying the beautiful mountain views. Later we checked out some waterfalls an ate lunch at a park in downtown Hickory.
This time of the school is especially busy for me. Between getting to know my students and parent teacher conferences, these first few months are non-stop. It’s hard sometimes to take the time to do something fun like go on a day trip. I’ve been going to work early to meet with parents for the last three weeks, and it is exhausting. The last few weekends I have been taking it easy, but I knew we needed a break from the normal routine. Taking care of ourselves means doing the things we want to do. I wanted to head up to the mountains with the leaves changing. While I might naturally want to stay home and rest, however sometimes the best rest comes by investing time in doing fun things with the family. I will admit I was tired Saturday evening, but it was totally worth it.
I am still going through all of the photos I took last weekend. For a short day trip I took over 100 pictures. It wasn’t hard to take so many because of the amazing views and the the great time we had as a family. After we finished apple picking, we decided to explore a little bit. We Googled waterfalls near me. That led us to this lovely gem called McGalliard Falls. The falls are inside this lovely little park. The falls was only a short walk away from the parking lot. You have a pretty good view from the top, but if you walk down this steep hill you get the best view of them all. I love these photos here because you have this mill at the top of the hill. With the leaves changing in the background and the stream in the front make it the look like something you would see in landscape painting.