Thursday, August 9, 2012

Road Trip - Texas / Tennessee / Delaware

I'm back! From vacation, that is. Well okay, I've actually been back for almost 3 weeks now, but I'm having a hard time posting about anything else I've worked on until I get this out of the way!

So, where did we go, you ask? Our ultimate destination was Bethany Beach, Delaware where we met up with family at the same beach house we've rented on and off for the past 15 years. But half of the fun is the road trip there and back, including all of Tennessee from one end to the other, where I spent my high school and college years. In fact, we took the same route I used when driving back and forth from college to home for the holidays (both when I played soccer for Lambuth Univ in Jackson, and later on when I studied graphic design at ETSU in Johnson City). There's a lot of warm memories there for me, and a treat to be able to share them with my husband. I could actually go on quite a bit about how lovely all the different parts of TN are, but maybe I'll save that for another post.

While I don't have a ton of photos to share from the beach house, here's one of us right before we dove into our shrimp feast!

We really had a lovely time, hitting the beach in the morning and early afternoon, then returning to the house to relax and put together jigsaw puzzles (4 of them total) while preparing for dinner. Then just as it's getting dark, walking down to the boardwalk for frozen custard or italian ice. What a life. :)

But, all good things come to an end, and before we knew it, it was time to start the journey back. Luckily for us, that was still part of our vacation, as we always stay with my husband's sister and her husband who live just outside of Nashville.

This year just happened to coincide with their Middle TN Fly Fishing group's annual cast-iron cookoff weekend, lucky us! We met them at the campground on the Caney Fork River, right below Center Hill Dam.

In front of Center Hill Dam, pre-sunburn
(look at those white legs!)

The next day we kayaked down the river and did a little fly fishing along the way. Two things I had never done before, and two things that are now on my list of things to do again very soon!

The hubs, making it look easy. You wouldn't know by looking,
but this water was downright chilly!

Yes, I suppose this could be considered cheating, but just a little bit. 

And what better way to cap off our day, than with a feast of food, all cooked in cast iron pots over open fires. Let me tell you, these people mean business! We filled our bellies and swapped stories well into the evening until it was time to say goodbye to our new friends.

Vacation was awesome, but now it's time to get back to work, with Fall Quilt Market just around the corner, looks like no sleep until November! And I mean that in the most exhilarating, exciting and exhausting way possible (did I mention I have a new collection coming out?)

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