With Step 1 behind me and the first birthday celebrated with family and friends, it was time for another adventure.
It wasn’t necessarily planned to be a great adventure like our previous trips to Yellowstone National Park or the Grand Canyon, but it was planned to be special for another reason: we were taking the sweet Ladybug to Asheville, North Carolina (where David proposed 5 years ago on the Biltmore Estate) and Gatlinburg, Tennessee (where we spent a few days after the wedding 4 years ago, since our original honeymoon plans were scrapped due to moving and immediately starting new jobs) for hiking and to visit the Ripley’s aquarium. The Ladybug got to add a 6th state to her list, and even though we’d been there before, we got to try some new things too.
It may not have been the mountains I was really longing for, but they have soothed my soul anyway.
So instead of boring you with more words, here are some pictures from the first part of our trip, since I am currently the copilot as we push on to TN today: