Oct 26, 2016

Exploring Georgia / DeSoto Falls & Helton Creek Falls

I had big plans last week for a weekend of camping and hiking. Mark kept reminding me that I might not feel so great after having my wisdom teeth removed, but I was determined not to postpone. Mostly because I wanted to forget about the stupid surgery and also because I didn't want to miss seeing the fall leaves at their peak. I buried myself in planning out the best campsites and hikes. I think at one point the sentence "Is 18 miles too far to hike?" came out of my mouth. 

And then the weekend rolled around. Heh. 

I couldn't reconcile the idea of sleeping on the ground and climbing a mountain with the throbbing ache in my teeth and jaw (yep, Mark was right), but after two days I was in full-on cabin fever mode and ready to get out of the house. We scrapped the grand camping trip plan and opted for a drive up to DeSoto Falls instead. It was the perfect compromise and gave us plenty of time in the great outdoors without all the effort involved in major hikes. 

Legend has it that a piece of armour from the Spanish conquistador Hernando DeSoto's scouting expedition in the 1500s was found in this area, hence the name of the falls. I alway try to imagine what it must've been like travelling through these mountains before there was any kind of transportation, let alone a cleared trail to hike. I wonder if these waterfalls were something that early explorers would've stopped and admired or if it was just everyday explorer stuff, no big deal.

We haven't had rain in quite some time, so the falls weren't as beautiful as some of the pictures I've seen. Mark gave me grief about coming to see a waterfall in the middle of a drought, but it was still a pretty walk! 

We still had some time left in the day after leaving DeSoto Falls, so we just started driving farther up the mountain. We found a spotty country station playing The Mississippi Squirrel Revival which gave us plenty of entertainment driving around all the switchbacks. We ended up stumbling on Helton Creek Falls, which was a total win since there was actually water there! We got there right as the sun was settling over the treeline which made all kinds of cool sunbeams across the water. 

I have no idea who this waterfall was named after, but (like DeSoto), it's actually two falls. The cool thing about Helton is you're basically hiking up the side of the waterfall for most of the hike and there are multiple places where you can step out on the rocks at the base of each fall. I highly recommend both hikes (they're only about a half mile from one another) if you're ever in the North Georgia mountains. They're both kid-friendly or, in my case, sore-mouth-can't-walk friendly. Is that a thing? :) 

Now to finish planning my 18-mile hike and camping trip!


Oct 25, 2016

Checking In

Hi! My blogging calendar hit the dust last week, so I thought I'd just freestyle an update post of sorts today.

I survived the Great Wisdom Teeth Extraction of 2016 and lived to tell the tale! That makes it sound much more dramatic than it actually was, although I would beg to differ that anything involving stitches in your mouth is pretty dramatic. I was completely sedated for the procedure (thank goodness!), so basically I just took a nice deep nap and then felt groggy and out of it for the next two days. Whatever they used to put me to sleep was no joke! Mark was reminding me of some things we talked about right after and I had absolutely no memory of the conversation, even though I was apparently chatting away! I'm still a little miffed that I can't chew food without my teeth hurting, but a cold snap has hit Georgia this week so eating soup all the time really isn't that bad.

We went on two mini hikes over the weekend, mainly to get out of the house for a little while because cabin fever was seriously setting in. I took tons of pictures that I'm hoping to share on the blog later. Every time we take a trip to the mountains, I immediately want to go back. The leaves in North Georgia are just at the beginning of their peak and it's so beautiful up there! Here in Athens it still gets pretty toasty during the day, but at night it's perfect snuggling weather. I love cracking the window at night and then waking up in a freezing room in the morning....until I have to get out of the bed, at least.

Mark had Monday off work this week, so he took care of the grocery shopping and made supper for us. It's the little things. :) I've got a lot of things to get done this week for a fall get-together we're planning. I'm looking forward to a week full of all things fall, with no oral surgeons or stitches involved! What more could a girl ask for?

P.S. Speaking of doctors, I listened to this podcast episode this week about the secret, gruesome internet for doctors. Eek! I was wondering what doctors and nurses talk about while their patients are sedated and then this podcast freaked me out even more. Freakiness aside, Reply All has become one of my favorite podcasts to listen to lately. Highly recommend checking out their episodes the next time you're in a podcast-listening mood.


Oct 19, 2016

Sweater Weather Love

It's still a little too warm in Georgia to pull out all my sweaters, but it is perfect weather for layering. Lately I've been loving pairing cardigans over top of my summer tank tops. I especially love it when my cardigans are a little longer and can cover my butt. To me, that's the perfect length! Best of all, this layered cardigan look goes with literally everything. It looks just as great with a pair of yoga pants as it does with a pencil skirt.

Here are nine extra-long cardigans in some perfect autumn colors:


Oct 18, 2016

A List of Lovely Little Things

I happened to look out the kitchen window this week at the exact moment the breeze blew up a huge leaf whirlwind. It was one of those quintessentially fall moments, straight out of a movie. It's safe to say fall has been pulling out all the stops lately and I'm not hating it. 

Some lovely little things from this season:

Noticing the first blaze of orange leaves 
Sleeping with the windows open
Working with the windows open
Taking walks on my lunch break
Finding a new podcast to listen to on my walks
Pulling fresh banana bread out of the oven
Pulling any kind of fresh bread out of the oven
Catching up on the laundry
Drinking hot tea in the morning
Eating fried food at the local fall festivals
Picking out pumpkins for the back steps
Watching my mums open a little more every day
Soaking up the last little bit of summer weather
Listening to live bluegrass music 
Wearing ankle boots with everything
Practicing my cornhole game
Realizing there's only 6 weeks until Thanksgiving
Planning for some fun fall get-togethers
Adding chili to the menu every week
Eating toasted pumpkin bread for breakfast
Getting cozy at 7pm because it's already dark outside
Pulling out the cold-weather projects
Digging out my fall scarves to wear

What has you most excited about fall?


Oct 17, 2016

Life Lately


Obsessed with all things fall. My doorstep is covered in mums and pumpkins, and I'm declaring it sweater weather even though it is just barely cool enough.

Planning a trip to the mountains this weekend. The leaves are supposed to be at their peak color and I'm excited about getting up there to enjoy them.

Moving thanks to this appropriately named app. It sends workout reminders to my phone every 45 minutes. It's great....until it's not and I just get really annoyed at it.

Listening to this new album by Jamestown Revival. It's been on repeat around here lately.

Chasing stinkbugs out of the house constantly! I have never seen so many of them until we moved to Georgia. They seem to come out of the woodwork in the fall.

Dreading having my wisdom teeth out later this week. As soon as I scheduled the surgery, I started hearing a barrage of wisdom teeth surgery horror stories. I'm hoping those were the exception to the rule and it's not going to be that that big of a deal.

Wearing this sweater which is actually on a 40% off sale right now. It's just light and baggy enough for these early fall days.

Trying my hand at banana bread with some dying bananas I had lying around. It turned out really good! I used this super easy recipe I found on Pinterest.

Drinking 60 ounces of water a day -- or at least that's my goal. I have a large water bottle that I keep by my side and try to refill at least twice a day.

Loving protein ice cream! Did you know there was such a thing?! Someone told me about it recently and I've been hooked on the chocolate flavor ever since.