Monday is upon us once again, and today it is bringing with it the first official day of Fall. This transition is coming just in time for me, because I am officially ready for this seasonal change. This Summer flew by so fast, and I do wish I had spent a little more time basking in the warm sunshine by the river. Not to worry, I am fully prepared and beyond excited to be out of doors, enjoying the cool Autumn air while pumpkin picking, apple picking, sipping cider, visiting the State Fair, and experiencing the Fall festivals, watching the leaves turn, and camping on the weekends.
This will be kind of a first for me, because for the last 16 years my weekends have been spent working at the Texas Renaissance Festival. A part of my life that I cherish so dearly for the friendships I've made, the experiences I've had, the people I've met, and the person it has made me. A part of my life that I will miss. My bosses and coworkers, and many patrons have watched me go from a wide eyed teen without a clue, to the quick tongued, beer slinging wench I am today. It breaks my heart to know that I will be missing it for the first time since I was that silly girl. I am tearing up now just thinking about it. If you've never been, this may all sound crazy to you, and it may sound crazy even if you have, but TRF holds such a special place in my heart, and I hope that I can find my way back again someday.
Onto less sad things; this weekend we decided to get out of Richmond, and head out to Holliday Lake State Park for a little camping. We have really been needing to unwind and unplug. There was no cell service, so there was no temptation to check emails, Facebook, Instagram, or any other distracting form of social media. It was absolutely wonderful. The park is about two hours away, and set around a lovely lake, where you can rent kayaks or canoes to paddle around and explore. We rented a couple of kayaks and cruised around for a while, just marveling at how beautiful it was. We also did some hiking and fishing while we were there, but had no luck at fishing. I also created what may well be the BEST S'MORE EVER!!! While I was in Texas this May for my dear friend Allison's wedding, she introduces me to this candy bar called a Take 5. I had never had one before, and this little piece of chocolatey, salty, nutty, caramelly, peanut buttery deliciousness totally blew my lid off! Seriously. Obsessed. Before our little camping adventure, Keith picked up a couple for us. Then, when campfire and s'more time rolled around, I had the brilliant idea to substitute a piece of Take 5 for a plain ol' piece of chocolate, and BAM! Total heaven. If you are planning on camping soon, this is a must try. You don't know what you're missing!
After our relaxing adventure, on our way home we stopped at the Appomattox Court House village to see historical landmark where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. A day that changed our nation's history. The court house, along with about a dozen other structures, including a tavern, jail, and the McLean house where the surrender meeting actually took place, is set over a few acres of property. A site so filled with memories and tales of the people who passed there, who changed the fate of our nation, and who would become legends in the minds of our nation's people. To stand where so many of these brave men and women stood, you can feel the powerful presence of greatness. It was quite an impressive experience.
***Don't forget to stop by my Etsy shop and get some holiday party supplies! Use the coupon code FALLFLING to receive 20% off of your order!***