Over the past year I have come across a new hobby. I have been collecting grassroots-created alternative almanacs.
The first one I came across was produced by the Greenhorns and it blew me away. The Greenhorns Almanac is pure beauty in my eyes. Based on preparing the next generation of farmers with timeless information, articles and art, new and old, the Greenhorns Almanac is a source of inspiration, practical knowledge and beauty to feed the soil and to feed the soul.
While at Wild Goose, I came across another Almanac. This one is called "Wretch" and is more like a pocket calendar with alternative Christian information such as different forms of meditation, articles on peace and justice, notable people and dates of events in the historical Christian calendar, scripture verses, resources and lots of gorgeous art. I have been carrying mine around and taking daily notes in it. I love it!
It's been a while since I did a big update. Here is the layout of all our riding days and rest days since the last update back in June.
Day 23 - 6/16 - 13 Miles from Boone, NC to Moses Cone Folk Craft Center (camped in the woods).
Day 24 - 6/17 - 30 Miles on Blue Ridge Parkway
Day 25 - 6/18 - 27 Miles on Blue Ridge Parkway to Mile Marker 350
Day 26 - 6/19 - 39 Miles from Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, NC
Day 27-29 - 6/20 - 6/22 - REST
Day 30 - 6/23 - 37 Miles from Asheville to Hot Springs, NC
Day 31-38 - 6/24 - 6/30 - WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL
Day 39 - 7/1 - 37 Miles from Hot Springs to Asheville, NC
Day 40 - 7/2 - REST in Asheville
Day 41 - 7/3 - 73 Miles from Asheville
Day 42 - 7/4 - 68 Miles to Charlotte
Day 43-44 - 7/5 - 7/6 - REST in Charlotte
Day 45 - 7/7 - 100 Miles from Charlotte to Pinehurst, NC
Day 46-57 - 7/8 - 7/19 - REST in Pinehurst and West End, NC
Day 58 - 7/20 - 59 Miles from Uwharrie National Forest to Winston-Salem, NC
Day 59 - 7/21 - 53 Miles from Winston-Salem, NC to VA State Line
Day 60 - 7/22 - 53 Miles from VA State Line to Hurt, VA
Day 61 - 7/23 - 34 Miles from Hurt, VA to Lynchburg, VA
We love this penny mural. It's a compass and our friends Donnie and Sarah made it by hand. The whole thing. It's quite a sight to see!
Above: The ultimate blueberry bush at Uncle Tim and Aunt Lynn's house. Blueberries galore! I had so many that I can't eat anymore! Etienne has a blueberry-ink stain in the diaper region from eating so many.
Below: A most candid moment between a sleeping Naomi and a sweet, comforting, take-a-snuggle-while-you-can-because-sister-won't-let-you-if-she-was-awake Etienne.
Today we rode about 60 miles. We made great time and had a cool, overcast, misty day to ride with. So thankful!
Soon we will be posting an assortment of technical information posts. I know, that sounds boring! But...I promise, they will be informational and funny. Among them will be posts about our mobile experiences using Young Living essential oils, which we've been hooked on for about two years now.
I am so excited to announce that I will now be contributing to oilmoms.com, which is a collaborative website and blog for everything from essential oil tips and suggestions to DIY crafts, inspiration, family and beautiful things.
Go over to Oil Moms and get great information. Also learn how to get ahold of Young Living's Essential Oils. HERE