last week's trip was quite something. we traveled over seven hundred miles in seven days. slept in five different cities in three states including virginia, west virginia, and north carolina. most of my days were spent passing time in the hotel, a local starbucks and the passenger seat of the truck while carter was busy working. we also attended a receiving of friends for a co-worker. the kindest man who lost his wife to cancer. however, there were a few pockets of time and the weekend that we were able to venture out into the city. we spent most of our week [ the last three days ] in raleigh, north carolina and had a warm, sunny day where i was able to pull my camera out without risking too much harm to my arthritic fingers. needless to say, raleigh was a favorite. maybe it was the countless hours worth of walking all over downtown or maybe the delicious food consumed. either way, here are a few photos from in and around raleigh.
during my time in east tennessee, i was fortunate enough to catch up with an old friend and her sweet baby girl. i met caresse while in college. we worked together and she quickly became a close friend who indulged in most of my life's little pleasures. midnight movie premieres, book swaps, music and sushi dates. her daughter, vera, is a gem. we spent the afternoon playing on the floor, jumping on the bed, searching for squirrels outside her bedroom window and dancing to the beatles in the kitchen. being with them reminded me how much i am looking forward to my future family with mr. miller.
we arrived in virginia late yesterday afternoon. after checking in to our hotel, we rushed to this open field to watch the sun set behind the snow covered blue ridge mountains. roanoke is a beautiful little town. we spent today driving across the state and back but settled again for the night in our snowy nook of the city. we're looking forward to exploring downtown tomorrow before heading to north carolina for the weekend. i love visiting these new places, even if for a short time, they always leave a lasting impression. see more of our travels from the past year here.
the best way to enjoy a snow day...
surrounded by those you love. snow crunching underneath your boots. sledding until you're sore. a snowman and a snowball fight.
i know so many are tired of these gloomy winter days. and i'll admit i'm ready for spring, too. however, so long as there is snow, winter is welcome here. which is good. considering virginia, north carolina and michigan are in our future. we're ready to get back on the road.
from this morning, when we awoke to eight inches of snow. so thankful for him and his adventurous heart. for taking me on snowy walks down empty streets and sledding in the middle of the night. for waking me up at dawn for mimosas and the perfect snow day. you're a keeper.
all photos taken with an iphone.