Sunday, June 24, 2012

See ya, Boonetown

Holy moly my abbreviated summer in Boone passed at the speed of light!  I didn't get to every item on my bucket list, but I can confidently proclaim I made the most of my years as a professional collegian.  I can't take all the credit; I had assistance from wonderful people (sisters, friends, faculty, RAs, mentees, advisors, aquaintences, etc.) who made Appalachian truly unforgettable.  As I drove down the mountain I can't help but acknowledge the fact this is the first time I am leaving Boone without knowing the date I will return.  Crazy.  I pray when I do return all the people who have influenced me (you know who you are) can also make the pilgrimage to Boone.  Don't get me wrong Boone is a beautiful place, but the people are the ones who made the inanimate places come to life.

I laughed as I followed my parents down the mountain and watched my sweet mom bid farewell to those memorable landmarks, waving her arm out the window.  I could almost hear her saying, "bye apartment, bye Hoey, bye tAPP Room, bye APH, bye Blowing Rock Country Club..."  Peace out Boone.

To sum this part of my life up in a one word nutshell: phenomenal.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I'll Stick Around

I wasn’t quite ready to leave Boone after graduation so I decided to stay, why not?  Boone is such a wonderful place to live, study, work and vacation.  The attraction of the high country is evident through the various license plates seen around town.  My post graduation time here only yields a short time to complete (or repeat) some of the wonderful adventures in the area: float the river one last time, be present for the reopening of Klondike, hike on sunny mornings, visit Trash Can and Snake Pit falls, go mountain biking, lay out by the dam, wake up early for the farmer’s market, etc.  I just want to take advantage of every opportunity with really great people; sounds pretty simple, right?  
View of ASU from Howard's Knob

Mountains to Sea Trail