After writing my last blog post, How To Embrace Fall in Florida, I took my own advice and went on a road trip for a real glimpse of fall.
Last weekend three of my girlfriends and I (over) packed the car and headed to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The weekend was full of free spirits and a lot of laughter.
Lucky for us, my aunt has a beautiful cabin in Sparta, NC, right in the middle of an open valley. Growing up, I used to come here every summer, for my uncles church camp and had a blast. This place always brings back memories and the inner child in me, as I ran through the creeks and around the open fields. My favorite part about going to the valley is the fact that there is no cell service (*gasp*). Once we started up the mountain it was goodbye technology, and hello beautiful scenery and good company.
Going on road trips teaches you a lot about yourself and the people you surround yourself with. You want to make sure you bring along people who aren't afraid to possibly have a car breakdown and who go with the flow if you get lost. Thankfully, I have some amazing friends who embraced every minute of the trip, even when it took us an extra half hour to find where we were going.
On the way to the mountains, our music genre changed every driver and it was great to see our very similar, but different personalities come through. With very short pit stops, we made it to the valley just in time for a walk through the woods. The next day, we went on a hike with my aunt and uncle and it was beautiful. To be honest, we were just in awe at the changing leaves and the fact that it was 70 degrees.
Since Sparta is such a small town, it takes about 30 minutes to get to any type of "civilization," coming from the valley. But once we were in town, it was great to walk through the local shops and talk to people who have lived in Sparta most of their lives. We saw so much culture in that little town and that is one of my favorite parts about going to different cities. It really brought out the southern girl in all of us.
On the way home, we stopped in Savannah, GA (one of my favorite places), and had a ladies night on the town. Thankfully, I had a few friends to call who knew the hot spots and took us around the historic district. The next day, we went shopping on Broughton St. and happened upon the movie set of Spongebob 2. The best parts of our trip were when we just came across neat things.
Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better fall getaway and it really gave me a new outlook on life. I'm learning to let the little things go and to be more carefree. I'm learning that traveling is the best way to be lost and found all at the same time. And I'm learning that if people can be happy in a small town with nothing to do, then I can be happy no matter where I go.
If you takeaway anything from this post, I'd say if you want to do something, just do it.