• Adventure

    The Land of Waterfalls

    Brevard, NC is considered the “Land of Waterfalls,” at least according to the Transylvania County Tourism and Development Authority, boasting over 250 waterfalls and an elusive local white squirrel for a mascot. I’ve managed to hike to several of the waterfalls, some of which are fun to wade around the bottom of and some are torrents that Skye and I stay well away from. We’ve yet to brave the cold water for a ride down sliding rock, but Hooker Falls and Key Falls are favorites for wading. The trails in Dupont State Forest have improved significantly since I first stated hiking there with my grandmother in high school. Pisgah Forest,…

  • Food & Beauty

    Mountain Cooking

    One of my favorite parts of coming to the mountains (as an adult) is having both the luxury of a large kitchen and access to a wonderful array of local, organic foods. While the little market right down the road is a tad expensive, they carry great options and, if I’m organized enough on a Saturday morning, I can make it to the farmer’s market and stock up on cheese and veggies. Tonight, I’ve got asparagus from the local market (organic, but probably not locally sourced), eggs from a local farm, and a lamb chili made with a local farmer’s ground lamb and a wealth of farmer’s market veggies. To…

  • Mental Horizons,  Writing

    Old Cabins and Old Books

    I like rain on a tin roof, or the outside of a sailboat, until it becomes a deluge. We’ve been living with the constant rain for a week now and the toddler and I both have cabin fever. Geoff just works and the dog sneaks outside regularly to get muddy. And I’m not talking drizzle, either. It’s a constant, pounding downpour that makes it hard to hear the person I’m trying to talk to for work or what Skye is doing in the next room. For the summer, we are spending some time at my family’s mountain cabin. This cabin was bought by my family in the early 1900s as…