I’m Unplugging: So Long, Louisiana August

Dear Sharon,

You are a fool if you don’t get out of that heat soon and take a cool break in the mountains where you can skinny-dip in a cold stream and sleep under the stars.

Your arch-nemesis,

August

Sold. I’m not a fool. I decided Sunday night that there was no reason for me to stay in town next week. The temps look cooler in North Carolina, the scenery is much more interesting to hike in, and Ashok is ready to get the hell out of this place.

So, yesterday I booked camping spots in the Pisgah National Forest. (Of course, while I’m linking to Pisgah National Forest, a news story pops up that a forest fire is out of control there.) I’m staying 5 nights at Lake Powhatan and 3 nights at Julian Price Memorial Park in Blowing Rock at the foot of Grandfather Mountain. I tried to get in the North Mills River Campground, but they don’t allow pets! I couldn’t believe it. So, the young man recommended these two places. I’ll be close enough to Asheville to get my hair cut next Tuesday and to eat breakfast at my friend Dan’s favorite breakfast spot, the Sunny Point Cafe. I’ve already checked, and Ashok can dine on the porch with me.

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The rest of the week I hope to be playing in the outdoors playground. I’m sure there will be days with bad weather, and I’ll find some entertainment, but I hope to chill, do a lot of reading, hike and maybe even do morning yoga outdoors. Who knows what the week will bring? The nice thing about camping is my days are going to slooooooowwwww waaaaaayyyy doooowwwwnnn. I’m stepping off the treadmill for a bit. Ashok has no idea what’s in store, but she will be so thrilled when I start loading that car.

mindframe_1386215I got a lot done yesterday, but my time is limited this week. Every night I’m going to be cleaning my house, washing clothes, packing and planning my meals. Tonight I headed over to Trader Joe’s to stock up on trail mix, greek yogurt, packable fruit and healthy snacks. I even found a recipe for homemade instant oatmeal packets which I think are going to be a great idea for me. I’ve been doing refrigerator oatmeal this summer, and I love it. It’s creamy and no fuss in the mornings. I’ll bring some eggs in case I want to cook, but I imagine I’ll have a quick breakfast and sip on some iced cold-brew coffee and head out for the day. I’m more of a morning person, so when I camp in the summer, I usually go to bed with the sun. I’ll be beat from hiking and playing in the woods. I can’t wait to feel that kind of tired that I only feel when I’ve been outdoors breathing fresh air and moving all day long.

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It seems like it would be so easy to just throw a tent in the car and go camping, but it’s not really that easy. There’s a lot of planning. I have to bring everything. I have to pack sandwich bags for snacks, dishwashing stuff, ALL of my toiletries and anything else that I think I’ll need. Since I’ve got to do some long runs, I have to pack running stuff. Since I’m going hiking, I’ve got gear for the mountains. Skinny-dipping doesn’t require much, but I do have to bring beach stuff if I’m going to be in public. Otherwise I can catch my meals in jail. So, I have to thing through a lot. Of course, they have stores up there, too. If I forget something, I just have to buy it.

2008-05-16-Where-are-the-campersMy August is already looking up! I can subtract a week or so from the amount of days I’ll be sweating this heat out. I’ve also got a list of people to see all along the way. I’ll be visiting friends in Knoxville, Blowing Rock, Chattanooga and Huntsville. Amazing how things work out at the last minute. If I had tried to plan in advance, I would have never been able to pull it off. And I’ll bet I make a few new friends along the way, too. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me.

So, y’all hold down the fort while I’m gone. I’ll try to send pics and posts back to let you know how it’s going, but, honestly, I’m making no promises. I’m going on vacation, and I’ll do whatever the hell I want to do when I want to do it. That is the beauty of vacationing on your own. I love being footloose and fancy-free.

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10 thoughts on “I’m Unplugging: So Long, Louisiana August

      • Hello! If you to Bryson City stop by the outdoor store and say hello to Ashley and Brett Hackshaw… They have a very cool story … Sold everything they owned ( almost) in the dessert in California and moved to Bryson City a year ago… Long story , but a fascinating one. Ashley has a blog called Little Boo Blue…. This is her little girl. Anyway, it’s fun to read all about their lives in Bryson City!
        I hope you get to check them out! Enjoy your trip. Be safe out there!

  1. I wish I could do something like that. Seriously, I want to go camping with you and Ashok one weekend. It would be my first time in a tent. Have fun my friend.

    • Thank you! You should come with us. You’d love it. It totally takes you out of the normal elements. If nothing else, it shifts your perspective.

  2. I’m so jealous! I wish I could join you. You sound happy! I have to say it–having a man in this scenario could spoil the whole thing. I know you have the ferocious Ashok but be safe hiking alone.

    • I will be careful! And you are right, having some dude with me would spoil it. Maybe I’ll find a little hiking group somewhere. And I wish you were going too!

  3. Hi Sharon
    This is Suezee, you met Gordon and I hiking on Sunday. I know your having fun on your outdoor adventure but if the weather gets bad or you just want a break your welcome to spend a night or two with us. Our house is pet friendly!!! We live in the mountains and occasionally see Bears wondering thru the yard.
    Asheville has a lot of great restaurants and people watching Is incredible.
    Hope your week is full of adventure and if you need anything give me a call.
    Happy hiking
    Suezee

    • Hi, Suezee! Thanks so much for finding me and commenting! Staying with you guys for a night sounds adventurous for sure. Perhaps I might do that On the 12th. It might be nice to catch a real shower before I head up to Boone. I’m thinking I may go to Sunny Point for breakfast tomorrow. Would you or both you and Gordon like to join me. Please email me at yogini.sharon@gmail.com and we’ll exchange phone numbers. I’m headed to climb Mt. Pisgah today.
      Thanks again, and it was lovely sharing a boulder with you guys yesterday!

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