Wednesday, February 24, 2010

winter wonderland






If I have any spare time at all, I hit the woods. There is nothing as restorative for my spirit as hiking. It's my solace. It heals my body and my soul and is a big part of why I love Tennessee. My friends, Alathea, have a little log cabin and I have been going there for 15 years- before my husband and my girls came along. It's along the Appalachian Trail on the border of NC in a town called Unicoi. Every now and then, we think we catch a glimpse of a unicorn.

It doesn't matter what season it is, it is incredibly magical. We had a school break so I invited four different girlfriends and their kids. I didn't expect they would ALL say yes, so we ended up with 6 adults, 10 little girls and 1 little boy in a two bedroom cabin. FUN! All was well until we locked ourselves out and had to break a window to get in....and the propane went out and we had to huddle around several space heaters for warmth. We spent our nights walking the AT in waist-deep snow, howling like coyotes at the moon, and our days sledding in the back yard. I lost myself at the sunny top of a mountain peak while building an entire village of snow fairies with wings and berry antlers. I was simply enjoying the moment, and listening to the melting snow.