The beauty of moving to a new place is that you get to start up brand new routines. Things like where you get your morning cup of joe, where you're going to hide that second jar of guilt-ridden Nutella, and when you're going to flip-flop on your view of hashtags.
In general, I can't stand hashtags. Not only do my younger friends not know what a "pound sign" is, but they're just a fancy thing you have to figure out to feel popular, which sounds like a giant waste of time, at least to me. But this one? An entire day devoted to waterfalls? Sign me up.
So I got started. I have a list of all the nearby wet spots, and I'm checking them off one by one.
This is stop numero uno: Linville Falls, and it's a beaut. The "Plunge Basin" trail almost did my high spirits in, but it was worth it. You know that feeling you get when you go on a hike labeled "strenuous" (Linville Gorge Trail) and it might as well be flowers and Egyptian cotton pillows and you think to yourself, "God, I'm so made for this stuff!?" And then you get on a trail that's so difficult you could swear even the squirrels are laughing at you? That's Linville Falls' Plunge Basin trail. Wouldn't have it any other way, really, especially with this rewarding of a view at the bottom.
You see that to your left? That's a goddamn rainbow, that is (shhh, I know). It's a commemoration from the gods of my first successful Waterfall Wednesday. Stir Friday was a little 2012 and I needed a new routine, and something with alliteration is always welcome in my book. A new spot every week is the goal, and there's so much to explore out here in Western North Carolina. Maybe instead of a leprechaun, one of the ends of the rainbows hides hillbillies with fresh moonshine. A girl can dream!
So, screw all my travel writer-y friends who think I have to jet off to Cairo or Petra or Luang Prabang to have something to write about. I believe in slow travel, in finding the nooks and crannies of every neighborhood before I leave, and finding beauty in my own backyard. It's just as beautiful and can be just as eye-opening.
So, what's you're newest routine? What's your local watering hole like? And, dare I say it, your latest hashtag obsession?