We ended our Tour of the Upper-South on the highest of highs. Truly, our stay in Anna's Yurt through airBNB could not have exceeded our expectations any more than it did. The weather was cold and drizzly--perfect for bundling up by the wood-burning stove (which Marcus was all too thrilled to start up) while sipping hot camomile tea and honey--which we truly appreciated (most airbnb's we've stayed at just offer coffee, which we don't drink).
The rain waned for long enough periods for us to get out and explore the insanely enchanted hills, visit the animals and take some colorful photos in the perfectly overcast light. Both of our jaws were just dropped open as we hiked the hill country and got sight of the land before us. We both felt like we had been dropped in the middle of Europe somewhere--how was some place this beautiful in our very own country and we didn't even know!? What the HECK were we doing in the deserts of Arizona?! Did Anna, our host, KNOW HOW INSANE THIS BEAUTY WAS?!
As we came up the sheep's hill, they all turned and looked at us and then came running toward us in excitement! It was a magical moment we will never forget and once again, we were asking ourselves, "Were we in Scotland?" "Why don't we have sheep?" "What are we doing with our lives!?" And many other "!?" questions.
When you're absolutely surrounded by LIFE, you FEEL more ALIVE. That is truth. It is the truest of truths to Marcus and I. We were both nearly in tears when we felt it. We felt really, really alive and we knew, even with all the hard work that is involved, that is what is going to fill our lives with life. We had to find a way to make this life a reality for our family. It was exciting--it is exciting. Thank you Anna, for confirming that truth. We love you for it.
If you ever want to experience this magic, visit Anna's farm in North Carolina. Stay in her charming yurt. There is no way on earth you will regret it.
|breakfast on the porch|
|One of the most beautiful views I've ever seen--and I've seen a lot of beautiful views!|
|Simon thought the horses were cool and a little scary--haha|
|Simon spotting the sheep|
|visiting the pond in our ergobaby 360|
|Reading Anna's story of how she came to live on this farm and own this yurt|
|waking up to the bamboo plants blowing back and forth in a giant ceiling window is my new favorite way to wake up!|