Each spring, my husband and I take three or four days out of town on a short getaway. We have a usual route we take that involves a couple days in the mountains of northern Georgia (Dahlonega-area), then a leisurely drive up through the Smokies and into Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for the last day or so. The weather has been surprisingly temperate for us in early to mid-March at these altitudes, so that’s always nice. We plan this annual trip as something to really look forward to after escaping the depths of winter in Cincinnati.
This year, we are taking a different (although still mountainous) route because we have a bit less time and at a later time. We are going to first go to Boone, North Carolina, where I completed my first master’s degree. My husband has never been there, so I plan to show him around town and check out the many outlying touristy areas. We are also going to meet up with one of my best friends from my year-and-a-half living there, Mollie, and her husband. I am really excited to reunite with her, since we haven’t seen each other since December of 2009! Leaving Boone, we are going to travel back across the Blue Ridge to Gatlinburg for the last day of our trip. So, at least that part of our annual getaway remains the same.
This winter has been brutal, to say the least. Even more so than usual, we’ve really needed something to which to look forward and to lift our spirits on these stretches of gray, snow-filled days. I will welcome springtime with open arms. My husband and I are literally counting down the days until our annual mountain getaway!