October 23, 2008

Autumn in NC

I'm so sorry that I've let a month pass by without posting anything! I knew I would get carried away with life and stop being diligent about taking time to step back and reflect. It's a busy time of year with school and Robert and I have been gone most every weekend it seems. But life is still full and happy. I'm ready for election season to wind down, but that's another post altogether. For this one, I just wanted to share a bit about our weekend.

We met my parents and brother and sister-in-law at Beech Mountain this weekend for some time away. Lucky for us, it was peak leaves weekend and absolutely stunning. The weather on Saturday was a little overcast, but it didn't stop us from enjoying a great hike with all three grand dogs and an afternoon at The Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk.

If you don't know about woolly worms, then please allow me to fill you in. They are small worms, fuzzy, black and brown. But in Banner Elk they are much, much more. Every fall for 31 years now they've had a woolly worm festival with lots of booths and vendors and delicious food like turkey legs and hand cut potato curls. However, the main attraction are the woolly worm races. You can purchase a woolly worm for a buck or two and then they race them! Competition is fierce and emotions run wild during this big moment. The cash prize for Saturday's winner was $1000! We had a great time cheering on the woolly worms, eating an elephant ear, wandering through the vendors and of course taking our photo in the cut outs! Trey, Jennifer and I even have tee-shirts to prove it.

Here are a few photos from the weekend. It was great to have some time away with family and to enjoy the beauty of God's creation. Autumn in NC is hard to beat.

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