Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hot Springs

Also during my blog break, my sister came for a weekend visit. On that Saturday, we drove over to Hot Springs, NC, and had lunch at a little restaurant on Spring Creek, which runs through the tiny town.
I love the labels on bottles of ber from the Flying Dog Brewery.  Mine was a Doggie Style pale ale.
And a much sweeter looking pup, who lay quietly under the table on the deck.
After lunch, we walked around and looked in the little shops. Really, I can't be trusted some times. But I made up for it by buying a cool necklace and earrings by a local jewelry maker.
We had time before our tub reservation, so we took a hike through the woods of the campground. This leafprint in the sandy path looked almost like a shadow to me.
I was surprised at how far back the path went along the river banks. The campground is bordered by a railroad track, and had old abandoned farm machinery off to the side.
Unable to resist the lure of the swingset, we stopped for a bit in the playground.
My favorite tub, on the bit of land where Spring Creek and the French Broad River converge. My younger son refused to accompany us on this trip because of this part of the plans. I get it - what teen wants to be in a hot tun with his mother and aunt?
And then home for dinner, which my son did join us for. One of my signature dishes, shrimp and orzo with tomatoes, ouzo, feta and fresh dill.

22 comments:

  1. What a fun day! This 'adventure' is more my speed.

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    1. I do have less strenuous adventures, too. :-)

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  2. mmm dinner looks good...what a cool shadow leaf as well...
    ha on the finger....you know you forever scarred someone...lol
    and they probably blamed it on a teen...smiles.

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    1. Probably so - I think the teen in me is always lurking.

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  3. "Doggie Style" pale ale, hah! I like the label too, and the sweet face on your lunch companion. Your signature dinner dish looks delicious. I'd work really hard for an invite to dinner at your place... :)

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    1. How could I resist that beer? And you would be welcome - no work required!

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  4. " Really, I can't be trusted some times. But I made up for it by buying a cool necklace and earrings by a local jewelry maker. "

    Bwahahahahahaha! OMG, that totally CRACKED me up because I would have done the same thing! It's that Libra humor!

    Beautiful photographs! Love the image of the leaf. And also, that dog is adorable!

    Thanks for sharing, girl. Enjoyed!

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    1. The funny thing is I didn't even hesitate - I just saw that hand and instantly changed it's position.

      Thank you!

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  5. Sounds like a perfect day. I love how you live your life and take pleasure in so many things.

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    1. Oh thanks - I just don't want to pass up on the opportunities for joy.

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  6. I drove through that town once on my way back from visiting in NC. Very hilly and beautiful area.

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  7. Flying Doggy art reminds me of the kind of artwork that turned up in a magazine I used to work for.

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    1. There's something almost psychotic about it.

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  8. What a nice day! Can't tell you how much I enjoy hearing about your adventures and seeing the great photos you take.

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  9. Looked like fun times with your sister; I walk at a local park early in the mornings; a few times I've seen older people (I'm talking in their late 60s/early 70s) enjoying a swing ride. I'm thinking I'm going to have to try it sometime.

    Dinner looked delicious!

    betty

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    1. Every once and a while I just have to hop on a swing. Worth it!

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  10. sounds like a great time. that dog is adorable. i'd have done the same with the hand sculpture and the swingset. ;)

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