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Last Day in NC

by Meghann on June 19, 2009

Boy am I going to miss blogging from this location.

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Sadly today was our last full day in NC. πŸ™ Tomorrow morning we are packing up and heading back down south to join the real world and all the responsibilities that come with it. Boooo…..

I can promise you though, we did take full advantage of our last day up in the mountains. πŸ™‚

Starting with a great breakfast this morning.

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After leisurely playing online and announcing the Healthy Living Summit (woo hoo!) I chowed down on 2 scrambled eggs, a slice of Sourdough Wheatberry Toast with Rhubarb Jam and fresh Strawberries & Blueberries on the side.

My family are all early vacation risers and I am proud to say we were all on the boat ready to water ski before 8:00am!

It gets a little chilly on the water that early and I stayed bundled up in a nice warm towel before I took my turn.

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Once you’re in the water it’s fine, but just thinking about the coldness makes that first go almost impossible to follow through on!

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Mid-morning my sister and I decided we had enough boat action and much preferred to spend our time on the dock basking in the nice warm sun.

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I passed my First Marathons book on to my sister and I am happy to report it is really getting her excited about Disney.

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I told her to pass the book along to a friend who is about to run their first marathon and I hope it keeps getting passed on and keeps inspiring other runners that they can achieve the impossible. πŸ™‚

The rest of the fam enjoyed driving by us on the tube.

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When it came time to make lunch I was very excited when I realized I had the essentials to make one of my favorites.

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Sweet Potato topped with Black Beans & Onion is definitely an all time favorite.

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You can’t see it, but hidden underneath the black beans are two tiny marinated mozzarella balls. πŸ˜‰

On the side I had some boiled fresh green beans

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and a whole peach.

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My Sister brought out canned pineapple rings, so I added one to my plate as well.

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And for those curious minds that have been asking, my family feasted on Kiabalsa, Green Beans and Black Beans.

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My sister did have the same thing as me in wrap form, but most of the time our meals always differ slightly from everyone else. As a whole my family is very open minded about food and never make any comments about us eating something different. In fact, they have come to expect it and respect us for it. πŸ™‚

After lunch we were reminded yet again that using GPS system is pointless in the mountains. We were led off the beaten path to a gravel road that took us up scary turns up to the top of a middle of no where mountain. haha The funny part is this was not our first experience with this. I guess we will never learn.

Eventually we did make it to our final hiking trail of the week that took us up to High & Triple Falls.

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High Falls was a beautiful waterfall that stretched high above our heads.

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Abbie enjoyed swimming in the shallow pools.

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What do you think of the au natural look with the short hair?

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I was kind of digging the messy waves. πŸ™‚

At the waterfall I dug into a Salt Water Taffy.

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We then hiked down to Triple Falls, which was essentially three waterfalls stacked on top of each other.

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We also nearly gave my Mom a heart attack when my Dad, Brother and I went for a little swim at the base of the waterfalls.

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I promise we were not the only ones swimming in the water and my Mom was just being a wee bit paranoid.

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I’m going to miss hiking to waterfalls!!

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Until we meet again my lovelies!

The hike back up the hill was quite a climb. When I got back to the car I had a couple of orange slices that were being passed around the car.

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On the way back to the cabin we drove through Brevard, NC for the upteenth time and for the upteenth time my Dad pointed out a soda shop he was dying to try. Only this time we encouraged my Dad to stop and have an end of vacation treat.

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The old fashion soda shop was a cute small town ice cream shop that was definitely worth stopping to check out.

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I was definitely craving some ice cream and happy to see so many great options.

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At first I tried the Tart Honey Yogurt.

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It was really good and tart. I was contemplating ordering a cone of it when my brother sampled the Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and it looked to good to resist.

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I had a sample myself and ordered a small sugar cone of the peanut butter goodness.

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I was VERY happy with my decision and enjoyed every last creamy bite. It was a great sweet note to end vacation on. πŸ™‚

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We came back to the cabin and did some much needed relaxing, before making a wonderful dinner trying to use up all the fresh ingredients we still had in the condo.

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My Dad and Aunt had a london broil cooking in a crock pot all day.

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I’m not that big of a red meat fan so I just had enough to get a taste of it.

For the sides I cubed and roasted an acorn squash at 415 degrees for 20 minutes. I also had some tomato and green beans.

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I like my squash very simple with just salt and pepper. I thought it was mighty tasty.

While in Brevard we stopped at a local bakery and picked up a loaf of German Seeded Rye Bread.

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It was a very dense, hearty bread that had a very subtle molasses flavor to it. I loved how dimensional this bread was on my tounge and how so many different seedy flavors showed through.

Now it’s time to say good bye to the beautiful cabin I have called home this past week. It has been a great vacation and I hope you all have enjoyed reading about it. I wish we had just one more day to keep soaking it all in! Oh well…. repacking my suitcase awaits!

1 jentrinque June 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm

It’s always so sad when vacations end. I love that you guys still vacation all together, even though you’re “grown up”! The mountains will still be here next year for you guys to come back to:)

2 sweetandnatural June 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I did that same hike when I was in Asheville last month! Gorgeous!

3 Amy June 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I’ve been loving these pictures of Abbie frolicking in the mountains ! She must have loved this vacation just as much as you did.

Your hair looks great! Very natural and beach wavy. Cute cute cute πŸ™‚

4 Vanessa @ Last Night's Leftovers June 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Looks like a fantastic last day! Abbie is too cute πŸ™‚

Love the hair, btw.

5 homecookedem June 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I hate the end of vacation blues.

I just finished a carton of Edy’s Tart Honey Yogurt!! Soooo good! Only 100 cal. for 1/2 a cup too! Even though you didn’t pick it today, you can still probably find it in your grocery store back home. πŸ™‚

6 Hallie June 19, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Love the wavy hair!

Oh and I know it’s been discussed before, but your sister needs a blog πŸ˜‰

7 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm

The Falls look gorgeous. What a fun trip!!

8 biz319 June 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I’ve enjoyed being on vacation through your posts this week!

You should write an inscription in the First Marathon book and have everyone who reads it and runs a marathon continue the tradition and pass the book on – that would be cool!

Have a safe trip home and back to reality!

9 strivingforbalance June 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

reading about you vacation was really fun! I might have to convince my family for a trip to NC for our next family vacation!

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10 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

The end of a vacation is always so bittersweet. You definitely made some amazing memories based on your photos and recaps. πŸ™‚

Safe travels back home!

11 jocelyneatsfresh June 19, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Your last day looks like it was spent having an awesome time!! That peanut butter icecream sounds to die for!! Hope you have a safe trip back…and exciting Monday back to work lol

12 Danielle C. June 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm

I love the wavy hair look, very natural looking…totally beautiful!

I also love all of the waterfall shots, I’ve heard NC is beautiful but those pics really bring it to life!

13 Emily June 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I think the wavy hair looks adorable, however, the cute pic of Abbie right before it totally steals your thunder!

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14 Nicole June 20, 2009 at 12:58 am

Gosh, it’s so beautiful over there!!!

15 Emily Eats June 20, 2009 at 1:03 am

& I’m going to miss your photos from your vacation spot – such a beautiful place πŸ™‚

16 smallchangesaddup June 20, 2009 at 2:56 am

I love the way you still have exciting home-cooked meals on vacation. I still havent tried the sweet potato and black bean combo but I’m definitely going to!

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17 Susan June 20, 2009 at 5:58 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful and deserved vacay!! I love swimming in waterfalls… while it’s typically freezing, the water is always so fresh and clean!

18 Ada June 20, 2009 at 8:05 am

Wow those waterfalls are gorgeous! It looks like you have had an amazing trip!!!

19 leslie June 20, 2009 at 8:14 am

the last day of vacation is always so sad! looks like you made the most of it!

the beach wavy hair looks beautiful btw!

20 Katrina (gluten free gidget) June 20, 2009 at 8:16 am

Waterfalls are the best! Sooo much fun and beauty all rolled up into one! Your sweet potato meal looks wonderful. I am going to have to copy you!

21 N.D. June 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Wow great picks! what a beautiful location!

22 Courtney June 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm

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Your vacation has seemed like pure bliss! Lucky girl!

23 Brandi June 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

i love all the falls there! it’s beautiful.

glad you guys had a good time! have a safe trip back!

24 Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I can’t believe Abbie’s in the water! My jack russell won’t even go near sprinklers when they’re on.

25 Kailey June 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm

i love how healthy you eat even though your vacationing!!
mmm that peanut butter ice cream sounds AMAZING!!!

26 joelygolightly June 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm

That scenery is just gorgeous Hope you had a great trip!

27 elizabeth June 21, 2009 at 2:50 am

your sister is soooo pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!! you don’t even seem related!!!

28 jesseatsandwrites June 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Love the short waves…very cute!
That honey tart yogurt sounds great! Welcome back to the heatwave!

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