Travel Diary: A Week of Contrasts


20170106_072630-ecw-titleThis week was a busy one for Mr. MT Nest and me and filled with contrasts, especially when it comes to the weather. We experienced nearly a 70 degree temperature change in less than 24 hours and went from walking on a sandy beach to trudging through snow and ice.

We headed out from Our MT Nest on December 31st and spent New Year’s Eve in historic Charleston, South Carolina, where we enjoyed an amazing 6-course New Year’s Eve dinner at Circa 1886, a Charleston restaurant that’s located in the carriage house on the grounds of the historic Wentworth Mansion.

20161231_184854-ecwWe love Charleston and spending an evening there was a lovely way for us to usher in 2017 before traveling on to St. Augustine on New Year’s Day.

nye-ecwWe spent a few days getting settled into our St. Augustine rental condo, catching up with other snowbird friends, and enjoying the sun and surf. One of my favorite things to do at our home away from home is to take sunrise walks on the beach. I snapped a few cell phone shots on some of these early morning walks.

January 5th





January 6th

jan-6-morn-wAnd then on Friday, we flew home to North Carolina to celebrate our eldest grandchild’s birthday this weekend. We arrived just in the nick of time. Our flight was the last one that made it into the Asheville airport. By the time we reached our home, it was snowing and the road up our mountain was icy. We had to leave the car further down the hill and hike up the last 150 yards.

January 7th

It snowed all night Friday and when I awoke around 6 am, my view was this ethereal winter wonderland.

20170107_072743ewSaturday turned out to be a frigid, but bright and beautiful day. This was the midday view from our front deck.

20170107_113702ewThe temperature remained sub-freezing all day Saturday and there were wind warnings for our county. Our road was covered with 8 inches of snow over a layer of ice so we stayed inside pretty much all day.

January 8th

This morning, the sunrise was amazing, like a fire in the eastern sky. Our storage building and picnic area look like this with all the snow. The footprints were made by Mr. MT Nest when he ventured to the garage and down the road to move our car to the foot of the mountain near the main road where it remains.

20170108_074758ewFinally today Sunshine’s family was able to come to our house for a few hours. They bundled up well, parked near the main road, and hiked up the hill. We all celebrated our Sweet Wildflower’s twelfth birthday with a dinner of her favorite dishes followed by the Harry Potter birthday cake that I made while I was snowbound yesterday (and, of course, birthday presents, too.)



wildflowerMission accomplished…we came home for this weekend in order to share in our twelve year old granddaughter’s birthday celebration and. despite Mother Nature’s unexpected intervention, we were able to do just that. In fact, due to Mother Nature’s handiwork, she was gifted with an extra day off of school this weekend. School has been canceled for tomorrow…the first snow day of the year.  Meanwhile, we said our goodbyes, and shared and received hugs and kisses, and we’ll be off very early tomorrow. heading south again to St. Augustine. My next post will be from there.










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2 Responses to Travel Diary: A Week of Contrasts

  1. Debbie says:

    Your feeds are wonderful. I feel like I have experienced your holidays and travels with you and Mike:-) What fun!!! See you soon!!!


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