Western Carolina Landscape Photography, Part 2

More from our Thanksgiving trip to western North Carolina. I love some of these landscape photos and will include them in an “Autumn” stock gallery soon!

Friday morning we decided to leave the property and hike to a waterfall out in the Nantahala National Forest. The drive was supposed to be a manageable 16 miles one way but was actually a harrowing journey around winding mountain roads and hairpin turns that lasted two and a half hours round trip, and we didn’t even hike.

About 20 minutes into the drive, both dogs started drooling and pacing, looking green around the gills. Not too long after, the yellow lab barfed in the backseat.

It’s not a vacation unless someone gets car sick. Glad to report we checked that box.

Once we realized what we had gotten ourselves into, we turned around and set out to fully explore our hiking trails close to home.

They didn’t disappoint.

And with a photogenic stream, fall colors, and a well-placed picnic table en lieu of a tripod, we were able to get some family portraits too!

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Last but not least, a gem on the way home. We rounded a bend in the road in South Carolina and caught this view. Amazing.

Where did you spend Thanksgiving 2016?


Western Carolina, Part 1

This year for Thanksgiving we loaded three humans and two retrievers into the pick up truck and drove 10 hours to western North Carolina.

We found the Woodlands Vista cabin on AirBNB, a cute little three-bedroom two bath situated on 53 acres of wooded hiking trails and trout ponds located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and…it was pet friendly!



We brought Thanksgiving dinner with us (pre-cooked from Copeland’s in Jacksonville) which left us all kinds of time to hike and chase our dogs and soak up the beautiful fall weather.

There is nothing cozier than a roaring fire.

And a taste of local decor.

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Or a boy and his dog. 🙂

Jacksonville Thanksgiving Fireworks Display 2014

 Jacksonville puts on the best fireworks display ever, and especially the Thanksgiving weekend fireworks display is the one that takes the cake. The fourth of July is tame compared to Turkey Weekend in River City.

 It’s hard to believe that we have lived here 6 years already, but we have–and for 6 years we have watched the fireworks explode outside hubby’s sky rise office window and we have watched the pyrotechnics set the downtown bridges on fire. This year I had a camera that could shoot on a bulb setting, so I placed that baby on a tripod and thought I could make the magic happen.

Sadly, firework photography is harder than I thought it would be! My bridge shots were all really blurry!

 No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I still think it’s pretty cool to have the fireworks launched from the river barges.

 I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend with many, many blessings and much to be thankful for! I love the holidays and am so looking forward to this new month leading up to Christmas and New Years.

To see Thanksgiving fireworks from years past, click [HERE].

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Jacksonville Thanksgiving Fireworks Display 2013

Each year we head downtown to watch the Thanksgiving fireworks display over the Saint Johns River in Jacksonville.

We’re lucky in that we get a bird’s eye view from my husband’s office in one of the towers.

Here are some photos of this year’s event.

(I especially like the ones of the fireworks bursting at eye level. How about you?)


This is one of the two fireworks barges they brought in this year.

Is it only in Jacksonville that fireworks get launched off of a boat?



The Main Street Bridge on fire!


The Acosta Bridge–


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