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Hellbender 100

Right before Spring Break I decided to volunteer at an aid station for a local ultra race - the Hellbender 100 Trail Race.  Yes, these people actually run 100 miles.  Mainly on trails.  And to the top of Mt. Mitchell - tallest peak east of the Mississippi.  I figured if they're going to do something so... inspiring?  crazy? interesting?  Then I'd love to witness it, and help a little if possible.

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Keep Going

I love Austin Kleon's books - and in particular recommend them for anyone engaged in a creative field, or wanting to explore their creativity - and his new one was just released last week.  Yay!  I took it with me up to Craggy Gardens last week, and it was exactly the thing to sit and read while looking out at the mountains

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The Other Direction on the Parkway

 You know how you can get in these weird patterns that don't seem to have any logical basis, but have been around so long they seem like fact?  That's how I am with the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I get on it, I head south - towards Mount Pisgah.  Probably because when I was a kid that was our thing - we went to Mount Pisgah, or Graveyard Fields, which is close by, and that was that.  But this week, I was headed out on a long overdue meander and when I pulled on to the parkway I turned the other direction - and realized that while it is kind of bizarre I haven't done this before, it also means I have basically a whole new parkway to discover.  Score. My slightly nonsensical habit has left me with lots of room for new discovery.  Happy accidents are my favorite.

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Coffee and Seeds

If you're ever in Asheville and you like both coffee and rivers I've got the perfect coffee shop for you.  High Five Coffee has a couple of locations near downtown, and also one in a tiny (exceedingly cute) building right on the bank of the French Broad in Woodfin.  So I headed out there on a bizarrely warm and lovely February day to do a little scheming and daydreaming, and then fill my seed list for 2018.

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Follow the River

Last week's post about the Parkway closure snapped me out of my weekly excursion malaise - basically, I decided sulking was unseemly, and it was time to get off my ass and find something interesting to do.  This town is overflowing with fun things, so it was just laziness  - or inertia?- that was keeping me stuck.  

With that in mind, I stuck with one thing that works - Taco Billy - and got my breakfast taco and headed out.  Instead of walking along the Parkway (which I'm still going to do - park at a gate and start meandering), I decided to flow with the seasons and head downhill - to the river.

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Meandering Around the River

This week I wasn't so adventurous with the weekly excursion.  Mainly because I've been doing a lot of work and a lot of yoga, and was a little slack at making the time.  (Well, I did have one previous weekly outing, but that ended up mainly being breakfast and the food co-op, and that didn't seem worth documentation.)  So this week I again was a little on the short end of time, so instead of heading to Max Patch (which is high on my list), I instead just went down to the park at the river and walked around.  Verdict: still fun.  Not exactly full of wonder, but fun.

It was one of those perfect blue North Carolina days, and there's was still just a bit of color in the trees.

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