Adventures in the American South
It is hard to believe that six months have flown by and our time in the USA has come to an end. We sit at JFK Airport in New York waiting for our connecting flight to Munich and reflect on our amazing adventures here and how much we have all grown up.
We have had a fantastic last few weeks exploring the American South. A weekend up in the Smokey Mountains with new special friends was so much fun. We went white-water rafting down the Nantahala River in North Carolina through simply stunning mountains, beautiful lush green forests, and bubbling creeks.This is bear country and is so beautiful. We discovered a new found treat. Making smores by the campfire. Marshmallows cooked on the fire on Graham Crackers (biscuits to us) with Hersey’s chocolate all smushed together. Just a bit yum!
We’ve had fabulous dinners at people’s places, sharing much laughter and perspectives on the world. Amazing music jam sessions with such talented people. Great food and wine enjoyed by all.
Before we left we had a trip down to Charleston seeing stunning old architecture from when large plantations were functioning and slavery was rife. It was such a beautiful city, full of history, culture, great food and atmosphere. The boys loved watching the old ladies weaving their traditional baskets out of sweet grass, watching great street music performers and wandering the streets. We came across the Angel Oak tree – a beautiful 400-year-old oak tree and so many other gorgeous areas. You can see why this part of the world has been used in so many movies like The Notebook and Gone with the Wind.
Byron’s baseball season has started drawing to an end. The boy who had never seen a game of baseball being played has improved so much. It has been a great experience for him.
Strawberry picking with friends was a fun afternoon treat. The smell of fresh, ripe, organic berry. So yum. I think we sometimes forget what “real” fresh fruit and veggies taste like.
So many people have asked us what our favourite part of our trip so far has been. It is a tough one. We have been to so many amazing places and had so many fabulous experiences, but our little family has decided. Without a doubt, our favourite part has been the people we have met that have made this the best time. The people have been so hospitable. So kind and generous, and have made us feel incredibly welcome. From fantastic teachers that have inspired our boys and myself, to fabulous people that arrived on our doorstep when we first arrived in Dilworth with a welcome dinner. People who have introduced us to other great families. We are so incredibly grateful for their kindness and friendship. We have been so very fortunate.
So on to the next chapter of our adventures… We fly to Munich to catch up with relatives before driving to Leeds in England to house sit. We will see where the world takes us!