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Autumn Adventures – Update #2

Autumn Adventures – Update #2

Is it just me, or has time been moving at warp speed lately?!?  Wow!  We’re two months into autumn, and it’s time to share how I’m doing on my Autumn Adventures list.  My original list is here, and my October update is here.

I’ve had some AMAZING adventures over the last month, and I’m excited to tell you about them!  I’m going to give short recaps here today, and then over the next few days (when I’m spending many hours on the road) I’ll write more about all the fun I’ve had lately!  Here we go!

 

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Check out that reflection! So cool!
An unplanned bike ride ended up being SO romantic! (Other than when I nearly had a heat stroke and nearly fell off my bike!) Ah, memories!

1.  ✔Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.  We didn’t have a picnic in Forsyth Park, but we DID have a picnic at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina!  We made a last minute trip to Asheville and then made an unplanned visit to Biltmore!  We rented bikes and rode up the (enormous) hill to the back side of the house, looked around for a bit, then had a lovely little picnic under the trees just down the hill from the house.  What a view!  Don’t you love how unplanned, super simple things end up being your favorite memories?!?  Crazy!  In any case, I’m going to call this one done.  Maybe we’ll make it to Forsyth Park next month.  If so, I’ll give myself bonus points!

2.  ✔Go to the beach at least once. 

 

3.  ✔Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival DONE!  I took the “Southern Dishes with a French Accent” class.  It was taught by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, and I had a great time!  She taught us how to make three different dishes.  We were then able to taste each dish!  I’d like to take more classes next year.  I learned a lot and had a really lovely afternoon.

4.  ✔Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  Happening now!

5.  Χ Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)  I have done SOME shopping and some thinking, but I failed to do MOST of my shopping before Thanksgiving.  Ah well.

6.  Focus on Advent.  Coming soon!

 

7.  ✔Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.  YES!!!  Watch for a post in the next few days about our camping trip to Asheville!  Photos and restaurant recommendations will be included!

8.  Write one letter a week to a friend.  Still not making progress on this one!  Goodness gracious.

9.  ✔Eat from a food truck.

10.  ✔Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, Bookseller

11.  Χ Make an autumn art project.  This one did not happen.

12.  Make a winter/Christmas art project.  Not yet.

13.  Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.  Not yet!

 

14.  Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.  YES!  I did my first #bakealong last week!  I made Cinnamon Star Bread and still can’t believe how beautiful it was!  I’m eager to see what December’s baking challenge will be!  A post with the recipe and more photos is coming soon!

15.  ✔Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  YES!!! I’ve had two especially fun time with friends over the last few weeks!  I’ll share more in the next few days!  (Hints:  Poe, camping, and IKEA!)

So.  Much.  Fun!!!  Like I said on the front end, I’ll have lots of time to blog on our road trip to Missouri this week, so come back soon and often to get all the details about my adventures!

I’m linking up with some other bloggers to see how THEIR autumn lists are going.  I love seeing what everybody is up to!  I’m getting a lot of great ideas for things *I* want to do!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have YOU baked anything new lately?  Hiked a beautiful trail?  Spent some time with a friend?  Please leave a comment so I can celebrate with you!

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Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future!

Which is to say we’re a month into autumn already, and it’s time to revisit my Autumn Adventures List and see how I’m doing!

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1.  Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.  Not yet, but I HAVE been planning my food strategy for this one!  I’m thinking Smith Brothers will be involved!

2.  Go to the beach at least once.  YES!  Gene and I went to Tybee Island for a while last weekend!  The temperature was around 78 which was PERFECT for watching the waves without getting all sweaty.  I took a book but never even opened it.  It was nice to just BE, you know?

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3.  Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine FestivalI bought my ticket!  I’m signed up for “Southern Dishes with a French Accent” taught by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement!

4.  Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  Coming soon!

5.  Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)  I have started my shopping!  What fun!

6.  Focus on Advent.  Coming soon!  I need to go ahead and round up my Advent wreath stuff.

7.  Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.  Trip planned and coming really soon! 

8.  Write one letter a week to a friend.  Seriously?!?  Why is that so hard?!?  No letters yet.

9.  Eat from a food truck.  (Hoping for The Big Cheese truck!)  DONE!  Gene and I caught the last few hours of the Savannah Jazz Festival in Forsyth Park, and I snagged a grilled cheese from The Big Cheese food truck! 

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Photo is from The Big Cheese’s Facebook page.  I wasn’t able to take my own picture at the jazz festival because it was too dark.

10.  Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, BooksellerDONE!  I attended a book signing and reading with Daren Wang for his book The Hidden Light of Northern Fires.  Watch for a blog post soon to tell you all about it!

11.  Make an autumn art project.  Nothing on this yet.

12.  Make a winter/Christmas art project.  Not yet.

13.  Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.  We’ve at least discussed it!  I need to make reservations.

14.  Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.  While I *have* baked, I haven’t done an official bakealong yet.

15.  Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  (A favorite from my summertime list!)  One done!  I met a special friend for dinner earlier this week!  She has a house of busy teenagers and a busy life in general, so I really appreciated her making the time to hang out with me for a while.  We enjoyed getting caught up and sharing victories and concerns with each other.

Hooray!  We’ve had a lot of fun over the last month, and there’s more on the horizon!  Temperatures here in Coastal Georgia are finally, finally feeling a little more like autumn, so that’s an extra bonus!  And as an extra extra bonus, there are currently NO hurricanes to watch out for!

Here’s to all of us living intentionally!  We all have to roll with the punches, but with some effort and a little creativity we can make sure we have some special moments of fun in there too!  Have a great weekend, y’all!  Check out the links below to get more ideas for YOUR autumn adventures!

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Autumn Adventures 2017

Autumn Adventures 2017

Ahhhh!  The first day of autumn!  We saw the first glimpses of autumn color a couple of weeks ago when we were in Asheville, North Carolina, and today here in Savannah we have a predicted high temperature of only 89 degrees!  Yes!  We’re headed in the right direction!

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It’s time to plan fun adventures for the new season, y’all!  I did this for spring and for summer, along with some bloggy friends of mine, and it’s been a lot of fun!  I’ll post a final update on my Summertime Fun List tomorrow, but for today, here is my Autumn Adventures list!

  1. Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.
  2. Go to the beach at least once.
  3. Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.
  4. Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.
  5. Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)
  6. Focus on Advent.
  7. Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.
  8. Write one letter a week to a friend.
  9. Eat from a food truck.  (Hoping for The Big Cheese truck!)
  10. Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, Bookseller!
  11. Make an autumn art project.
  12. Make a winter/Christmas art project.
  13. Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.
  14. Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.
  15. Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  (A favorite from my summertime list!)

What adventures do YOU have planned for the new season?!?  Let me know in the comment section below!  I love to chat with my readers!

And click below to see what my friends are planning for autumn/spring, depending on their side of the equator!

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Currently – August 2017

Currently – August 2017

I know I say it every month, but I LOVE this link-up!  It’s fun to see how everyone interprets each month’s prompts and what they’re up to!  Here’s what I’m CURRENTLY…

 

snacking (on): Dark Salted Brown Butter Chocolate.  I discovered this chocolate bar at Publix yesterday, and it jumped into my cart all by itself.  I don’t usually eat chocolate, but this bar apparently thought I’d like it.  It’s right. 

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Savannah Bananas!

Savannah Bananas!

Last night we went with some good friends to see our first Savannah Bananas baseball game and had a blast! I’m not really a fan of baseball, but I rapidly became a Bananas fan!

The Savannah Bananas?!? I can hear you rolling your eyes! It’s a horrible name, right?!? Alas. This is what happens with the public is allowed to vote on the name of the team. (Whose idea was it to trust “the people” with such an important decision?!? LOL!)

Unfortunate name aside, this team knows how to throw a good party!

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Currently – June 2017

Currently – June 2017

I’m linking up with Anne of In Residence and Erin of Love, Fun and Football to share what we’re planning, wishing, learning, browsing, and going.  I always enjoy seeing how different bloggers interpret each month’s Currently assignment and getting great ideas from them!  Here are MY answers!

I have currently been…

Planning:  the photo album from our recent trip to Alaska. 

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Alaska – Kayaking

Alaska – Kayaking

One of the most exciting things we did during our Alaska adventure was kayaking on Prince William Sound!  WHAT??  I had never once thought about kayaking in Alaska, but as I was planning our trip I ran across kayaking tours offered by Sound Paddler.  I mentioned them to Gene, and he said, “BOOK IT!”  So I did!

We took the 8:30 AM tunnel to Whittier, and Sound Paddler greeted us at the shop as soon as we got there.  Turns out, we were their first paddlers of 2017!  They had all of our equipment ready and waiting for us.  They provided rubber boots, waterproof jackets, life vests, pogies (mittens for kayaking), and of course our kayak and paddles.  They had two kayaks set up for us, foot rests already adjusted for our heights.  They tried us in one but my hips just didn’t fit comfortably in it, so they quickly (and without making me feel bad at all) tried us in the second one they had set up.  It was a perfect fit for both Gene AND me.  Yay!  These were fiberglass, ocean kayaks, much different from our sit-on kayaks we have at home.

I was worried about getting wet and being miserable (the temperature was only 45 degrees), but they fitted us out with skirts that fastened onto the kayaks, keeping us nice and dry from the waist down.  Our waterproof jackets kept us dry from the waist up!

Michael was our guide (check out his awesome photography on Instagram at @michael_bowyer). He gave us a thorough safety briefing, and then we hit the water.  Michael did a great job answering our questions and telling us interesting information about the area.  At one rest stop he guided us on a short hike up the hill to a beautiful waterfall!

 

Sound Paddler included a picnic lunch as part of our package.  Michael set it up for us, and an inquisitive little seal kept an eye on us from the water.  Pretty cool!  (No picture of said seal, sadly.  Ha! #alliteration)

 

 

This was a gorgeous paddle!

 

As we were paddling across the bay, a pod of Dall’s porpoises swam past us!  Michael snagged this quick shot.  I was too busy gawking!  (And my brain was trying to determine if they were orcas!)

We were worn out after paddling 8 miles, but BOY was it worth the effort!  What a crazy, wonderful day!

 

More about our Alaska adventure:

Glacier Cruise

Whittier

The Alaskan Pipeline

Alaska – Glacier Cruise

Alaska – Glacier Cruise

A few days ago I told you about the tiny town of Whittier, Alaska.  We went there to take a glacier cruise, and I’m SO excited to tell you all about it!

We took the 26 Glacier Cruise with Phillips Cruises & Tours.  It.  Was.  Amazing.  Truly!  This was a splurge, and it was worth every penny.  We spent 5 hours exploring the beautiful Prince William Sound.

Glaciers!  We saw LOTS of glaciers,  and the captain got us within 1000 feet of 2 of them.

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Alaska – Whittier

Alaska – Whittier

This is Whittier, Alaska which sits on the shore of Prince William Sound in the Chugach National Forest!  About 200 people live here, and 90% of the 200 live in the tall apartment building you see in the middle of town!  (Just think about that for a minute!)

This lovely piece of paradise gets 15 FEET of rain and 20 FEET of snow each year!  FEET, y’all!

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Alaska – The Pipeline

Alaska – The Pipeline

You have have heard me talk about my upcoming trip to Alaska for months now, and I’m finally HERE!!!  Hooray!  I worked trade shows (homeschool conventions) in Soldotna and Anchorage last week and have one more to do in Fairbanks this week.  Work comes first, obviously, but we’ve had little bits of time here and there for adventures!

We were driving to dinner yesterday when I pointed out the window and asked my colleague, “Is that the Alaska pipeline over there?” 

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