After the wonderful trip to The OBX, we drove Karolina back to Elon.
Her spring break had ended. We had to part with each other.
The next time we’ll see our daughter again will be in the end of May when it is time to pick her up from college.
Can you guys believe that she is almost done with her first year?
Peter and I did not go home to Reston right away. No, we drove to Smith Mountain Lake in south-west Virginia.
Peter’s parents had rented a lake house there for a week. Unfortunately the parents could not make it on the this trip. BUT, Peter and I went. Peter’s sisters and their kids went as well.
SML is a beautiful, BIG (man made), deep lake.
The shores are peppered with lake houses. I am sure a lot of people live here all year as well. All of the houses surrounding the lake are not summer houses and rentals. A lot of them are permanent homes as well.
We stayed in a cute, comfortable house. Very nice.
It was right on the lake, western exposures.
Peter and I spent parts of the days hiking in the state park. There were a lot of walking trails there.
And, yes, nature is wonderful! I so appreciate the nature. That is key in life.
Just to walk in it, hike in it, breath it and discover it.
Well, just to be there. To be in the elements.
I am not religious. At all.
BUT, I feel a deep connection when it comes to nature. I feel somewhat religious when there. Actually, I guess you can say that nature is my religion.
The thing is, that I see more and more details in nature the older I get. It seems like I appreciate it more each year.
Lake vs. Ocean?
Where would I prefer to live?
The ocean. I love lake living, but the ocean owns my soul.
Nuff talking, let’s look at some pics from SML.
This was really a sight!! Cows on the run!! ON the road! A herd of cows "met" us as we drove towards the lake. Yes, they were on the run. I hope the farmer did not have too much trouble to find them again. Very funny! I have never seen running cows on the road like this before!!
The view from the deck of the lake house. Yes, very nice!!
The lake house seen from the dock by the water. It was a steep walkway up and down to the lake. A true workout!
The neighboring house. SO lovely!!!
Early morning view!
Peter and I like to hike. This picture is taken from the state park at SML. I am so glad we were able to explore more of this picture perfect area.
Yes, the mountain in the distance is Smith Mountain.
Pretty roads over pretty waters.
My kind of country road.
The beach at the state park. Empty now. In the summer it will be so crowded.
Love, love, love...
This is the front of the house. Yes, it is cute.
The lake is DEEP, 200 feet (60 meters). You could really tell. Outside "our" lake house it got deep right away. I do like deep lakes, and deep shores.
Boats were out all the time. We wished we have had a small boat with a small motor to putter around with.
A foot tree on Turtle Island!!
And the landscape! So rural, so pretty!! Like a dream! Cows, pastures, mountains, hills, trees, small lakes, rivers, creeks, valleys, farms, villages. I love it all!!
Take me home country roads! This Eastern Redbud is about to bloom!
The Forsythia in full bloom!
Summer houses and houses surround the entire lake.
Cute mail box!
And, yes, the kids swam in the lake despite the cold water(52F, 12C).
I did not swim, no I did not.
The weather during our stay was pretty good. If it had been a tad bit warmer, and a bit less windy, I might have jumped in myself as well.
Have a good Tuesday!!