Hotel Stays

The best part of staying in a hotel is waking before anyone else, showering, packing, and then realizing that you can go back to bed if you want…
You don’t need to gather laundry, or tidy up, or even make the bed of you don’t want to.

You can simply, enjoy yourself!


Now there was a time when I found tidying up fun. About a decade ago. 

But as you get older you appreciate the luxury of having someone clean up after you. Like a child. I guess?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Not that I’m a particularly messy person. I had a cup of coffee this morning and didn’t leave the cup on the nightstand. I tossed it in the trash! But I could have left the cup on the nightstand. If I wanted too. 

A picture of the messy room from bed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think there comes a time in a mothers life where her idea of a ‘good time‘ is doing nothing. Nada!

Sometimes NOTHING, is the best feeling in the world. Am I wrong?! 



There are times when dh wants to go to the movies, out for dinner, or just out for coffee and treats… and if we are ALREADY out and about, then by all means… let’s do it!



But if we are already at home. Cozy. In my yoga pants, then the last thing I want to do is get up to do my hair and makeup. Then get suitable clothing on and leave my house. 

I mean, we have Netflix and delivery nowadays. ๐Ÿคฃ
Sometimes I think this mamas mind frame is only for mothers of many

Not that I consider my five kids MANY…

 I know my friends with 7+ kids are probably rolling their eyes at me… 
 

~Can anyone relate to this?

Packing for a tropical vacation (LIST)

1.Bathrobe

2.Two night shirts

3. Undies/bras

4. Two pairs of yoga pants

5. One Dress

6. One Black skirt

7. Four tank tops

8. One short sleeve top

9. Two Swimsuits & cover up

10. One Towel

11. One sheet/pillow case

12. Neck pillow

13. Pads (just in case)

14. Hair stuff (travel sized shampoo,conditioner,barrette,scrunchi)

15. Makeup (tinted lip balm, cc cream, mascara)

16. Unscented Deodorant

17. Travel Size Lysol

18. Sanitizer for plane, etc

19. Off/Deet

20. Travel size Sunscreen

Everything gets rolled, therefore it fits perfectly in a 27″ gym bag that you can carry on. You dont want to chance, checking your bag and having it all get lost.

2017 winter storm

A short video clip of our snow storm yesterday.

I’m from the North, and grew up with lots of snow. I loved it as a kid/teen. Nowadays though, I just want hot weather! 

Yes, it’s very pretty. Who can argue that…
But that’s where it starts and ends. ๐Ÿ˜
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More Hiking!

Another exhausting, yet fun day out this afternoon.

Hanging Rock State Park

They are very ready!ย 

Way too many stairs at this point.

Looking up!

A pretty view.

Taking a much needed break because I didn’t bring water this time.

New walking stick. From Amazon.ย 

He’s taking his break in front of a cave.

This cave is where the Tories hid after the Partiots took over their land.

She loved how this cave felt as if it had air conditioning.

Time to enter.

On top of the cave.

Daughter and I.

Small water falls

Very cool tree roots!

A different smaller cave.

Under a bridge there was a very pretty creek with Cinnabar mushrooms scattered about.

She had so much energy and said that she can do this everyday, all day! Lol

I am not sure what kind of mushrooms these next few are. Not ‘magic’ though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A lot of mold!

These ones looked very meaty?!ย 

Another hike happened…

Today was a beautiful day. I’ve been trying to be outside more…since giving up electronics; for the most part.

My day started off with this energy packed junk food. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We stopped at Whole Goods for reverse osmosis water..Which we did stock up on…

But while in line I saw this key lime pie in a cup thing. The ingredients sounded very nice, and just like that, I was sold. 

 It was only $2.99 Who could resist? Not I. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The cold brew coffees were on sale for $1.58, so I got one for my daughter and one for myself.



Then off we went! 

The hike was mostly going up and down some rather steep stoned steps. But then we reached the view…..

Gods Creation is so exhilarating!

Beautiful waterfalls never get boring to me. They are just so tranquil; that your mind  gets lost. I love that!

Once we reached our destination, it was just completely chill. The water felt great! 

Off she went!

The pool part was about three feet deep. 

It was just so pretty!

They had so much fun. โค๏ธ

Can’t you just feel it? 

It was a hot one today. 
On the way back I took some amazing pictures of some mushrooms. Along with some candid views.

I am still wonder if any of the mushrooms were edible. I will have to check a book out at the library next week on mushrooms. ๐Ÿ‘

Or…maybe they were all hallucinogens?!

Either way, they sure were pretty to look at.







This little guy was sunbathing.

A place where I almost slipped. 




These two were all smiles. ๐Ÿ˜Ž



More shrooms



Me and my girl. โค๏ธ

This one looked like it had this wet white foam on it.๐Ÿ˜ท


To me, this one looked the most like something you would eat. Of course I am probably wrong. It reminded me of the kind of mushrooms that taste like a steak. The name has escaped me at the moment.๐Ÿ˜



And that concluded our daily venture. 

We got home to watch the sun set…..

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.


Hiking for Exercise

~Why hiking is the best form of exercise

I’ve had a gym membership for the past five years. And despite avidly going, I haven’t lost much weight.

I think it’s because when I get tired I stop and go home. It’s that easy! 
I have found that hiking is just about the best form of exercising you can get. 

A full body one at that!
You see, you have to keep going…even if you become exhausted and tired…
You can’t just stop and go home when you’re tired. 

What if you are up on top of a mountain?!
Maybe you tell yourself that a four mile hike is ‘child’s play’
And perhaps it is, if it’s all down hill….
But then you need to get back up the path…
If you are not an experienced hiker, which I am not… You will want to quit and go home.
But….. That simply will not be an option.
Especially if it is getting dark outside and starting to rain. 
Walking on a treadmill at the gym gets boring quick. Even when listening to Brittany or Jay-Z. ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s just boring….
But hiking is never boring. 
Also, at least for me personally, I simply can’t spend time “thinking” while out on a hike. 

If YOU can, great! But I can not.
My mind is too busy watching where I’m stepping and keeping an eye for wildlife.

Its very sedating. Mentally.
And for those reasons alone, I have come to appreciate the mental outlet of hiking for exercise. 

Random pictures from our hike at Hanging Rock.

Hiking for Fitness

~Hiking is the best form of exercise~

I’ve had a gym membership for the past five years. And despite avidly going, I haven’t lost much weight.

I think it’s because when I get tired I stop and go home. It’s that easy!
I have found that hiking is just about the best form of exercising you can get.

A full body one at that!
You see, you have to keep going…even if you become exhausted and tired…
You can’t just stop and go home when you’re tired.

What if you are up on top of a mountain?!
Maybe you tell yourself that a four mile hike is ‘child’s play’
And perhaps it is, if it’s all down hill….
But then you need to get back up the path…
If you are not an experienced hiker, which I am not… You will want to quit and go home.
But….. That simply will not be an option.
Especially if it is getting dark outside and starting to rain.
Walking on a treadmill at the gym gets boring quick. Even when listening to Brittany or Jay-Z. ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s just boring….
But hiking is never boring.
Also, at least for me personally, I simply can’t spend time “thinking” while out on a hike.

If YOU can, great! But I can not.
My mind is too busy watching where I’m stepping and keeping an eye for wildlife.

Its very sedating. Mentally.
And for those reasons alone, I have come to appreciate the mental outlet of hiking for exercise.

Random pictures from our hike at Hanging Rock.

Hiking YES! Camping NO!

Disclaimer:ย (If you are an avid camper and really enjoy the whole camping experience you may want to bypass this post. I don’t want to come off as hating or disliking anyone who does enjoy ‘the sport’ of camping. I will be sharing my personal views below though.)

Now that we have that out of the way….

I’ve come to realize how much I love being out doors in a hiking environment but not in a camping environment.

Maybe it’s because there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Which is the view when you go on a long hike. Who doesn’t love views?!
However, camping… is just not fun to me.

Not even a little fun!

Maybe it will be as I get older. I can’t say for sure at this point in my life though.

I have realized that as I am getting older I do enjoy a lot of things that I use to cringe at.

That said, Camping is not one of them.
I’m not sure how to word it appropriately, but for me, camping is just a step up from being homeless.
It’s going back in time to do everything the hardest way possible. For the mere fun of it!
Camping is hard work with the ONLY reward being shelter, food and water.
And those ‘rewards’ are NOT rewards at your own establishment.
But hiking is exercise with a view.

And since it’s not work, it’s also a FEELING….

At least for me it is. A VERY good feeling.
So it’s not about being outside. I love nature!
Wild life

Waterfalls

Beaches

Mountains

State Parks
But don’t ask me to spend the night…

because The Holiday Inn is only forty miles away. ;o)~