My first thoughts upon turning the corner to my neighborhood were, "It's so UGLY here!" Followed by, as soon as I got out of the car, with, "Why is it so HOT?!" All I wanted to do was run into my room, lock the door, and listen to NPR until that weird time between vacation and returning home had past, the adjustment to reality. (At least I don't have to face going back to school! Hallelujah.)
Anyway, I had a lot of fun in North Carolina and, as always, loved being surrounded by the mountains and seeing my grandparents and family. It's so, so, SO beautiful there and no matter how many photographs I take they'll never, ever compare to the real thing.
Our first night was spent at my grandparent's house over a farm fresh meal made by my grandmother. The second night, after a day of swimming, we had our annual meal at the delicious Cornucopia.
Portobello mushroom burger
Tuesday, my family and I headed back up to Highlands, where my grandparents live. I had planned for a day of shopping in downtown Highlands, but smartly decided to join my grandfather and cousins for water aerobics. SO. MUCH. FUN. We laughed the whole time. (Unfortunately, no pictures to prove it.)
Earlier in the day, my parents and I checked out the local Humane Society and went into downtown Cashiers. If it weren't for the 6 hour ride home, they'd probably have adopted a dog to accompany our beagle, Derby.
How lucky that these dogs have all this wonderful space to roam about and play in!
If it weren't for that drive I'm pretty positive Shamrock would be with us right now.
Flowers from Grandma's garden.
A taste of NC goods.
Aren't my grandparents such a handsome couple?