It's a really cold evening here, and I am so glad to be at home on a Friday night and not working late. You might find it funny, but you might get a kick on how I look like while I'm typing this entry. I am wearing my thick blue socks, night robe, warm flannel pajamas, and drinking a big mug of tea. I feel really bulky but absolutely warm. I can't believe it feels more winter than autumn. Sigh, I guess I'll just suck it up and take it.
As promised, here are some photos I took during my trip to the Shenandoah National Park and the Luray Caverns. I also found out that it's time to replace my old camera as it was giving me a hard time during the trip. Also, there were so many shots I took that didn't come out clear; I am so disappointed. I was constantly readjusting the settings, which was awfully annoying. Hopefully, I'll be able to set aside some funds to buy a new camera specially with the Christmas sales coming soon. It's certainly that time of the year.
These wild flowers were growing everywhere. They reminded me of Bird's of Paradise, but I don't think they are.
Fall is just beginning out here
I was surprised the mountains further were blue. I didn't do any photo enhancement on these photos, and I thought it was amazing.
I like how this lone tree stands in color on its own.
The Reflecting Pool, Luray Caverns.
I felt like a dwarf.
All shapes and sizes appear everywhere and anywhere.
A world on its own.
Surrounded by giants.
The stalacpipe organ that plays really soothing sounds echoing through the caverns. I heard a lot of weddings take place here.
Info on the stalacpipe organ.
The road coming home.
I didn't want to leave, but I'll certainly visit again.
There are so many things going on, yet I have so little time. The project, that's taken over my weekends and evenings, I've been working on is going well and I'm looking at finalizing everything by the second week of November. I can't wait, but it's moving on forward from here. I am, again, preparing for another board meeting, so the stress is building up every single day. I like the challenge and the stress keeps me motivated, but I am hoping that when all of these projects are through, I am ready to unwind and celebrate the holidays. These days, looking forward to the holidays is keeping me sane. I know that sounds a bit scary.
On Sunday, I managed to hop on to my friend's car and drove to visit Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park (pictures are coming soon). It was a wonderful breather from my insane routine. The smell of mountain air, the sight of beautiful fall foliage, and the touch of wild flowers really brought me back to my senses. There is so much life away from work and I've been simply too busy to see it.
Today, as I woke up to a chilly October morning and thoughts of work and holidays fill up my fun deprived brain, I decided I had to simply write.
Finally, I got the much needed fun and rest this weekend. Saturday afternoon was spent at the lake park, with my camera and a high school classmate, R. Earlier that day, R and I pigged out at the Filipino restaurant, as usual, and spent the afternoon sitting and chatting at the park. It felt great to catch up. It felt wonderful to be relaxed especially when you're surrounded with scenes like these:
R and I spent the evening at the movies. We saw "Love Happens" and I have to admit that I liked this movie and its message - moving forward.
Sunday was spent apple picking. It's like Farmville in real life, and I'll be posting photos soon. For now, it's time to make some pork barbecue.