North Carolina, 2013: Part I – An Intro

2013 marked another big trip I was excited for, even though I’ve already been there. In July, I was North Carolina-bound!

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There’s something about North Carolina that thoroughly relaxes me. Standing outside, breathing in the fresh air and gazing at the scenic mountains surrounding me is one of my happy places.

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I’ve been to North Carolina several times now, since my aunt and uncle have a vacation house there, but this was by far my favorite time. This time, 18 family members and 2 dogs were making the trek for a family reunion! Considering my mom has five brothers and sisters who each have at least 2 children, this was hardly all of my family, but certainly a good chunk of it. It was such a big event we even had shirts made.

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On previous trips I’ve driven along the Blue Ridge Parkway (it’s seriously gorgeous and has plenty of interesting stops along the way), gone up Grandfather Mountain¬†(which is definitely a very fun day trip idea if you live close enough), and spent a day attending some Highland Games events. Their house is on Sugar Mountain in Banner Elk, so if you’re ever in the area, I recommend checking out the adorable little town of Banner Elk. If you’re staying on or around Sugar Mountain, definitely check out the incredibly picturesque golf course.

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On one of our last days, several of us ventured to the nearby man-made Wildcat Lake. It boasts not only the lake Рcomplete with options for water-related activities such as fishing and kayaking Рbut picnic tables, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and more. We spent several hours there and had a blast.

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How can you not when this is your view?

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Stay tuned for a few more posts from my North Carolina trip!

Have you been to North Carolina? Do you find it relaxing?

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