No, I am not ready for Christmas. I still haven’t taken my autumn decorations down. But soon...I keep promising myself. I have to blame it on a trip my husband and I took a few weeks ago.
We were scheduled to speak in Alabama the weekend before Thanksgiving. Since we’re empty nesters now, I came up with a great idea. “Why don't we leave a few days early and go to the mountains in north Georgia?”
We have lots of great memories there. For many years my husband and two daughters spent Thanksgiving week in a cabin either in Helen or the Dahlonega area. We loved to hike in the woods, wander around the quaint, small towns as they prepared for Christmas, or maybe go horseback riding. Well, to be honest, after a horseback riding disaster, my husband and youngest would get on the horses. My oldest and me, not so much.
It’s been a few years, so I’d been dreaming about hiking again. This trip came at an opportune time, since the temperature would be chilly, the leaves would have changed and we’d have a few days reminiscing about past adventures in the mountains.
The day we arrived it rained like crazy, but the next morning I found a trail we’d never hiked before. Early in the morning we headed up the trail to DeSoto Falls. Here are some pictures of the falls and surrounding areas.
Because of the heavy rains the day before, the water was wild.
But this has to be my favorite pic. This was posted on the park bulletin board at the beginning of the trail.
Just so you know, no humans or bears crossed paths in the woods.
Here's a pics of Dahlonega decorated for Christmas.
So I have to say, this last picture is the closest I’ve come to decorating. Between deadlines and everyday stuff, I have to pencil in some time to get started. Here’s hoping you and your family enjoy the blessings of the holiday season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of ten novels. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, as well as a new mystery series. Her next Heartwarming, part of The Business of Weddings series, will be released in June 2016. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books