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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Outdoors



I grew up in the country in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.  After all my relocations and travels I am convinced this is the most beautiful part of the United States.





I affectionately call myself a hillbilly with one leg shorter than the other from walking on hillsides.  As such, I love the outdoors.  To clarify, I’m not what you would call particularly outdoorsy, though.  I don’t fish or camp.  I don’t like insects, lizards and the type.  I don’t hunt, although I am a pretty decent shot with a firearm or bow and arrow.  I actually love target shooting.

I love hiking and am blessed to have grown up just off the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Creeper Trail.  You won’t find my roughing it with all my belongings in a backpack.  You may however find me with some snacks and a camera searching for wild ponies in Grayson Highlands state park or near the top of White Top Mtn. taking in the view.


I also love digging in the dirt to make things grow.  You might even find me up in an apple tree trimming limbs with a hand saw.  One of these days we will finally get settled on our farm and I will have my garden!  At least that’s my plan.

This summer I hope to get out on my bike more when I’ll have access to better roads.  I also want to get out on the water in a kayak some, too.  I’ve done this a time, or two, but it was WONDERFUL!!  I highly recommend giving it a shot.

Spring and summer make me anxious to pull on a pair of hiking boots and head for the hills.

Do you have a favorite outdoor activity or does that whole idea make you break out in hives?

6 comments:

  1. I almost chose outdoors, too!! Love learning all these neat things about you!

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    1. I'm learning so much about you, too, through your words to your precious kiddos.

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  2. Ok Amy, you had me at "hillbilly" :) YES - we most certainly DO live in the most beautiful place on earth! I don't bow hunt or "any" hunt for that matter, but how I love our green mountains. I could start at them all day long. Outdoors -- that's my new favorite O word too!

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    1. It's hard to be from those hills and not love the outdoors.

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  3. I love the outdoors! Like you, I don't like bugs or hunting or fishing or such, but I love being out there, walking around in the forest, taking pictures and just take in the atmosphere and the calm.
    I realize I watch too much crime TV when the name Appalachian trail makes me think of an episode of Criminal minds. Oh well.. :D

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    1. Oh my, you need to do something quick to change that image of the trail. :) I haven't been to your place yet. I'm imaging "Oh, Susannah", but somehow I don't think it will be. ;)

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