The Adventurers

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hiking Trip Number 2

We decided to head out to North Carolina again and hike the Gorge National park.  It was quite some hike.  After an hour or so of hiking, we finally got to Rainbow Falls. It was sooooo pretty. We started off on the bottom side of it. We were able to swim in the pool below it.  It took me FOR-E-VER to get into the water. I was scared to death! Jason was getting a little annoyed with me, but I have a thing for water that I can't see anything in.  Ugh! Like I said, I finally got in.  I didn't swim around like Jason did, I did a swim team freestyle sprint to the other side. Ha ha!
After we swam around a bit, we headed to the top of the falls. It was sooo pretty! We hiked some more and found a place that you could slide down some rocks like a water park slide! It is called Turtle Back Falls. To get up on the rocks, there is a rope tied to a tree. You had to climb up the rock...I tell you what, my upper body was sure sore! Any ways, we had fun doing that a couple of times.  

We hiked and hiked some more and finally arrived where the trail ended!  There we met a lady that said that if we huked up the hill we would get to the road and have only a half of a mile to walk to our car.  That seemed like a great deal at the time, so we pounced on that. After we got to the road, we walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked...after two and half miles of walking up and down paved hills we got to our car...that lady must have been mistaken. Oh well!  There has to be some sort of unplanned adventures when it comes to us. We love them!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The making of some extreme hikers....ha!

On Monday we decided to explore the mountains that are so close to us! We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Graveyard Fields trail.  It was supposed to be about 3.5 miles and led to a waterfall. 

We started on our journey and came to a fork in the road...we went right.  We walked and walked and hiked and hiked.  We started out seeing people, then seeing no one.  After about an hour, I thought we should hear water...afterall, we were hiking to a waterfall.... and I didn't hear water at all.  We decided to turn around. It ended up that we took the wrong fork in the road. We were walking deeper into the forest.  :)

We finally made it to the waterfall after taking the right turn. It was such a beautiful hike, and we had a blast. We are DEFINITELY going to make hiking part of our fun outings. :)

Jason decided to make his own water park at the waterfall. Check this out! Funny! Funny! (Sorry it is sideways...)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Red, White, and a little more.

On our last night before everyone left, Cory and Ryan got an itch for fireworks. Growing up in Sugar Land, Texas, we could never set off our own personal fireworks, but in Spartanburg you can buy and set off any you want! So cool.  After spending over $100 between the two bros, we set off around the block from our home. Jason, the expert, gave us the crash course on Fire Works 101, and we had a "blast!" 

My mom was brave enough to try ONE firework!
Well, after a sad goodbye to my mom, Ryan, and Cory (who is leaving for a 2 year mission in Cordoba, Argentina in a couple of weeks), my lovely sister, Devin, was able to stay with us for a few extra days.  She was such a blessing to have around. She worked really hard, except when it was time to set up the closet.  I didn't realize how much she disliked putting clothes away. Funny, funny.  Oh well.  While she was here, we got to spend the 4th of July together. Devin did some research and found out that Spartanburg had a fireworks show and carnival type thing called Red, White, and Boom.  We went to the store and got some chicken salad sandwiches and fruit for a fun picnic. We headed to the venue and found out that we couldn't have picnics inside of the park. Bummer! So we had a picnic in the parking lot of a church. :) Fun times!

When we got inside the park,we set out our picnic blanket.  There was live music and, drum roll, please... SNOW CONES!! I love snow cones, so, of course, I got my usual coconut flavored one. Yum, yum! The evening was so entertaining.  Not only was the music fun, but the people were the best to people-watch.  Interesting folk out here in Spartanburg....Devin did find a cutie, and the rest of the evening she was bent on getting his attention. Ha!

Once the sun went down, the fireworks show began! I have to say that we picked one of the best places to sit. The fireworks were beautiful.  Towards the end of the show, the fireworks were slowing down, and Devin and I were sad, thinking that there wasn't going to be a Grand Finale...but, boy, were we wrong! The Grand Finale went on FOR-E-VER. It was great! I tried to get some of the fireworks....

The Fourth of July was a little different than what we are used to. We missed the home made icecream and cherries, but we made it fun here in Spartanburg.

On our last evening here with Devin we decided to drive into Greenville.  It was such a cute city! We had dinner at a place called Trio. We had some yummy pizza, calzones, and roasted chicken.  We will definately go back there again.  After that we decided to hit up a fun cupcake shop named Chocolate Moose.  It was a sweet ending to a wonderful visit.  We loved having Devin here with us. We love you!

Monday, July 11, 2011

South Carolina, here we come...

Well, after packing, packing and more packing...we finally made it out of the doors and on the road.  My mom, Devin, Cory, and I headed out Thursday morning around 9.  It was quite an easy drive. The only congestion happened in Atlanta at 12:00 AM!  Who would have thunk?  We planned to get to our new place around 1:00 am and start the painting.   Jason and my brother, Ryan, left Houston later that day in the UHAUL, towing Jason's car. 

 If we were to paint all night, we would be ready for move in by the time they arrived.  Well, when we arrived at the house, the power and water company didn't come like they said they would. I was kinda mad...we couldn't do anything that night in the pitch black dark! We ended up at the hotel for 4 hours.  The next day we were able to paint and work by sunlight until the power, water, and gas companies came. Jason and Ryan ended up getting here around 2:00.  We worked all day and got all of the rooms painted that day....all 7 of them.  We were beat and HUNGRY! Devin and I went and found the closest pizza joint...CC's was our hero!

The next day was busy moving things around, building furniture, cleaning, and getting things on the walls.  Here are some before and after pics. 

Before: Entry way and Living Room
After: Entry and Living Room

Before: Dining Room

After: Dining Room
Before: Guest Room (Upstairs)
After: Guest Room
Before: Jason's Study (Upstairs)

After: Jason's Study

 There will be more pics coming. I still have to finish my room! Hopefully my bed frame will come soon!
Anyways, I have never seen my family and my husband work so hard. I am so thankful for them and love them so much. We are going to miss Texas like none other.  I appreciate everyone helping us make this home feel like a home. Thank you, Mommy, Devin, Ryan, and Cory! Thank you!