There are a few reasons I enjoy hiking in the winter. It’s quieter, less people on the trails, and there are no bugs to bother me. But the biggest reason I enjoy hiking in the winter is I get to see views that would normally be obscured by greenery.
Museums are nice, but beautiful art can be found in many surprising places. I spotted this painting at an antique mall. This title is Black Ice (I wish I had remembered to take down the artist’s name!)
There is always extra pressure from my day job at the end of the year to hit certain goals, and at times it can feel exhausting. When it starts to feel overwhelming, I make a big warm drink (green tea latte today) and take a few minutes to myself before getting back to it. It’s been a huge drain on my creativity and desire to write. I’ve given up trying to fight that I have so many ideas and no energy to execute most of them. Lucky I am looking forward to a long holiday break to rest and get back into writing again.
The dining room and kitchen at the Whaley House in San Diego, known as the most haunted house in America. Set on the original site of the Old Town gallows, it is the oldest brick structure in Southern California.
Dense fog during a morning drive through the Smoky Mountains. It’s hard to believe there is a Streep drop an an entire mountain range just beyond the edge of the road.
The view while waiting for entry at a local haunted house.
View of the Great Smokey Mountains from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stretching along the Tennessee/North Carolina border, “The Smokies” were given their name by the Cherokee, because of the natural fog that hangs over the mountain range. The Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration, and was designed to connect Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park via a roadway. It is the most visited part of the National Park system.
A Mediterranean House Gecko spotted on an evening hike here in North Carolina. Completely nocturnal, the are sometimes known as moon lizards.
Nepenthes pitcher plant at the UNC Charlotte carnivorous plant exhibit. The pitchers hanging from the plant are swellings of veins. They are filled with a liquid that both attracts insects inside and digests them.