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Impromtu Hike

by Meghann on June 14, 2009

Just when I thought my day was calming down and the word ‘nap’ was circulating in my head, my Dad suggested we take a drive around the neighborhood to scoop the place out.

Only in my family would a ‘drive around the block’ turn into a full blown 3 mile hike!

We came across a trailhead for Rainbow Falls and decided ‘Why Not?’

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It was a mile and a half hike to the falls and a mile and a half back up. Who cares that we didn’t have proper hiking supplies and flip flops on.

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Bring it on!

The way down wasn’t that bad. The dogs happily took the lead and guided us along the way.

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The toughest point was the last .25 miles that went straight up hill. Once we made it to the top though, the views were breath taking and worth it.

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Then we got a little greedy and had to get as close as possible to the edge.

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It would have been all good if it weren’t for the slippery nasty mud I slipped in to get those pics.

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Ewww…. I was a mess!

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I was already a little hungry when we started the trail just before 5:00, so by the time we hit the turn around point I was Hangry and ready to be done so I could get home to eat. Being covered in mud didn’t help either!

When we finally mad it back to the car my siblings and I fought over the crumbs that were left of the Trader Joe Peanut Butter Pretzels.

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We licked the bag clean!

Dinner had to be quick and easy with 6 hangry people waiting to bite each other’s heads off. It was a great 20 minutes or less meal that was a solid team effort.

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My plate had a Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage, Sweet Potato Fries & Asparagus with some Spicy Brown Mustard for dipping.

I also felt I needed to Blue Moon to enjoy with my dinner.

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I felt so much better after I ate. Too good for words. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also too good for words was the serving of Cookies & Cream Ice Cream I had after dinner.

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Now I truly am exhausted and ready to call it a night. We have a fun excursion to Asheville planned for tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

Good Night!

1 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm

gorgeous photos! I’ve slipped in mud like that before too haha

Great meal! 6 hungry people can be a scary situation!

have a great night!

2 Actors Diet June 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm

i can’t believe you went hiking in flip flops!!! you are brave!

3 Meredith June 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I have probably already commented on this before, but I am in LOVE with Scooby! My family had a boxer for 10 years and they are so handsome and funny and energetic. Love him!

4 Danielle June 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm

What an active day! Those are my favorite kinds of vacations. Has your family always been into hiking?

5 Run Sarah June 14, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Gorgeous photos, what a great hike!

6 Meredith June 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I’ve been to Rainbow Falls… so beautiful. I am glad you’re enjoying the NC mountains. Don’t forget to check out Earth Fare (a South East version of Whole Foods).

7 Bec June 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm

sounds like a great hike, hope you didnt hurt yourself in that spill!

8 Matt June 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Spur of the moment hike… I like it!

9 Christina June 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Looks like so much fun! A little mud never hurt anybody ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Meganerd June 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

It looks so pretty there! I wanna hike and go on a boat now. lol

You guys should check out the Biltmore Estate (in asheville or close to it) if you have time!! It’s amaaaazing!!

11 Adi (oatonomy.com) June 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Your vacation sounds great so far. Hope you enjoy the time off with your family!

12 jocelyneatsfresh June 14, 2009 at 10:25 pm

hahaha nice muddy picture!!! Looks like fun!!
and mmmm icecream! have fun tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Kim June 14, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I just love how active your family is!

14 Meredith June 14, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Gorgeous scenery! Looks like you’re having a good trip ๐Ÿ™‚

15 Victoria June 14, 2009 at 10:47 pm

That is a gorgeous trail! Glad you’re enjoying yourself!

16 Katrina (gluten free gidget) June 14, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Hiking is the best form of exercise. The satisfaction of making it to the top, or wherever you are going, is always such a high.
BTW- I prefer eating ice cream out of a cup/mug too!

17 Pearl June 15, 2009 at 3:33 am

what a beautiful hike!

18 Ada June 15, 2009 at 7:32 am

Wow, that waterfall was gorgeous! That ice cream doesn’t look too bad either ๐Ÿ™‚

19 diana June 15, 2009 at 8:32 am

Looks like you are having a great vacation!!

20 Anna June 15, 2009 at 8:40 am

Looks like a gorgeous hike… and I love Blue Moon! I think I’ll have one for my first legal drink when I got out for my 21st next month.

21 jentrinque June 15, 2009 at 9:14 am

I can’t believe I still haven’t been to Rainbow Falls. I need to get out and hike,I haven’t been at all this summer! Enjoy Asheville, there are so many awesome places to eat: Laughing Seed (vegetarian), Salsa’s, Tupelo Honey, Early Girl Eatery, Doc Chey’s, Kubo, Thai Basil, Mela Indian, Jerusalem Garden, Okay, I’ll stop listing them now, I’m getting hungry!

22 meg June 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

I can’t believe you hiked in flip flops!

Yeah for cookies and cream!

23 brandi June 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

looks like such a fun time! I fall somewhere just about every time we got to the waterfalls here, so don’t feel too bad ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve looked much worse after hiking!

24 ksgoodeats June 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

Looks like fun!! Dirt and all ๐Ÿ™‚

Blue Moon, ice cream, SP fries – NICE! Looks delicious!

25 Josh June 15, 2009 at 11:34 am

Go meghann!

26 Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) June 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

Looks like an awesome hike! How on Earth did you do it in flip flops?! ๐Ÿ™‚

27 Bridget June 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Happy (belated) birthday to precious Abbie! =)

Man, the Japanese workaholic schedule is killing me. So jealous of your trekking and water sports in NC!!

…gotta wait a month and 6 days to go London/6 weeks to India! (The Japanese co-workers almost have strokes when they hear about the week and a half there and the week and a half in India…) =)

Enjoy it for all it’s worth!

28 janetha June 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm

WOW i LOVE your pup! super adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ looks like a fun hike!

29 Nicole June 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Those are some seriously lovely views!!

30 Melissa S. June 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm

love the hike, in flip flops. you know you’re from florida when…hahahaha.

31 skinnymenny June 15, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I just caught up on your last few posts….looks like you’re having a great time! That’s pretty hardcore to go hiking in flip flops…awesome!

32 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) June 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I love that you were able to take your doggie on vacation with you…I hope to do that someday ๐Ÿ™‚

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