all i (mostly) asked for for mother's day this year was a nice family hike. we ended up at moore cove, an old favorite that we hadn't visited in a long time. the weather was gorgeous and the falls were really fun. it's hard to take pictures here, because it's so bright outside, and then so shady and dark behind the falls. the cove is such a cool place -- lots of big rocks and cavern-y things to explore -- and the falls are pretty high but not crazy dangerous. so it's a place we can actually play in/around the waterfall safely. but not easy to take good pictures! here are a few.
we also stopped at looking glass falls on the way. it was roaring with all the rain we've had the past few weeks:
last weekend, adella and i biked 17 miles along the virginia creeper trail, with her girl scout troop and their families. it was awesome!
the trail was pretty easy (slightly downhill, and not strenuous... but even while coasting, 17 miles is hard on the hiney!) and absolutely gorgeous. it's a former railway, and passes through the most beautiful woods and pastures, over rivers and waterfalls. the entire trail is about 33 miles. one of these days, i want to go back and ride the rest. or re-ride this section again. i've wanted to do this for years, and i'm so glad i finally got the chance. and i'm so proud of adella and myself for doing it. what a fun and exciting accomplishment!
this weekend's hike has been on my to-go-to list for a long time. because parts of the parkway are closed during the winter months, we haven't been able to go. but this weekend it (mostly) opened back up, so we finally made it to crabtree falls. i'll just let the pictures do the talking ( it did not disappoint)! we will definitely be going back to this one again... probably in the summer when it's when we can enjoy the shade and cold water spray.
while everyone was here for the wedding, we also took a quick hike one morning. we decided to go back to catawba falls. this time, the weather was much colder and there were icicles and frozen spots all along the river and trail. it was so pretty!
(more on flickr, of course.) every time family and friends come to visit, i take them on hikes in hopes of luring them to beautiful asheville for good. so far, i've only been successful with mom (and see how well it's turned ot for her?!) but i will keep trying!
my mom got married! the wedding went great! it was so much fun to have my sister and her husband, my uncle, and everyone together in one place at the same time. everyone was having fun, and everything went wonderfully. the wedding itself and the days surrounding it were busy but relaxed and fun. adella finally felt better the day after everyone arrived, and after a week of being sick she was bubbling with energy and excitment.
this past weekend we took a family hike to catawba falls. the weather was amazing and the hike was a great one -- close to home, not too long, not too strenuous, and lots of beautiful things to see. a definite winner!
halfway through our hike, i realized that adella felt warm. she insisted that she was fine, so we stayed, and she had a great time. but sure enough, we got home later and the thermometer confirmed the fever. five days later, she *still* has a high fever, and some other symptoms as well. my poor girl! this is a really long time for her to be sick, and it's especially hard because we have family coming to town today. and on saturday, my mom is getting married! and, adella is in the wedding.
to say i'm feeling frustrated and powerless is an understatement, but there's not much to do except more of what we've already been doing. i feel really sad for adella, who is worried about missing all the fun. i know she'll get well, but the waiting is so hard right now.
healing vibes and well-wishes are more than welcome!