Monday, February 20, 2017

Morning Motivation...He Directs our Path

I love to travel.  I love adventures.  I love the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the trails in the mountains of NC, feeling the cool breeze during a bike ride near the beach.  I have a five yr old grandson, and we go on adventures.  We have been to museums, the zoo, the park, the ocean and there are many other excursions that I am planning.  My dog Brodie and I love to go on walking adventures together.
It would be exciting if life's journeys would take us to exotic beaches, towering snowcapped mountains, and beautiful cathedrals.  Wouldn't that be great?  Yes, we can make some of those things happen, and I hope to. But, sometimes life's journeys are less than joyous.  Life events such as death, illness, and in my case, divorce.  The pain can be devastating.   In these times we call out to God.
Lord, please wrap your arms around us.  Give us your peace, joy, and comfort no matter what adventure we find ourselves on.  Please direct our path and help us to trust your direction.  Help us to praise you in this amazing adventure we call life.
I love you Lord and look forward to our travels together:-)

"I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hiking Loblolly Trail and Schenck Forest in Raleigh NC

I joined a local hiking Meetup group.  I went on my first hike yesterday.  We started at Schenck Forest and from there ended up on the Loblolly Trail.  
Below is a description of the Loblolly Trail from NC
There are links to each trail below.

Location: Back righthand corner of the Reedy Creek Entrance parking lot.
Description: This out and back trail crosses Reedy Creek and continues to the park boundary. For those looking to venture farther, the trail connects to Schenck Forest. Options for loops are available at intersections with the park’s multi-use trail at Reedy Creek Trail and South Turkey Creek Trail.
Point of Interest: 
2.70 miles
Blue Squares


Blue squares on trees mark the way along Loblolly Trail.
Hiking Trail
Surface: Natural surface
As I was reading the rules on the sign I saw a word I was not familiar with.  Geocaching???
Lets Google it.  Here is what Wikipedia had to say...

"Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world."

I did not have a bike a horse a dog or a gun and I had no plan to geocaching so I was good to go:-)
Below are some photos of my adventure.  Sorry to say I don't know which trail was which but it was a wonderful hike and we were somewhere:-)
The hike begins...
A few of my hiking buddies...
 This reminds me of the woods I used to explore as a child.
 We jogged up this hill on the way back.  It was a bit steeper then it looks in the photo...

Interesting sights along the way.  

All in all a lovely hike.  And yes, I am sore and tired but can't wait until my next hike.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Restaurant Review...Eddie's on Lake Norman, Mooresville NC

One thing I love about travel is trying new restaurants.  Cindy and I found ourselves on an adventure in the Mooresville NC area near Lake Norman.  There is nothing like enjoying a meal by the water and when we read that Eddie's was on the water we decided to give it a try.  Off we went...

Here is a quote from their website.
"Eddie Lubic and Ann-Margaret Wagner bring their hospitality and restaurant expertise 
from New York to the shores of Lake Norman."

 View from our outdoor seating...
Sadly it did not get the best reviews on Zomato, but for the view and casual dinning I would go back. The staff was friendly and service was good.

Plenty of room outdoors and in.
 Indoor seating 
A bit of wine:-) 

 "Eddie and Ann-Margaret's mission is always to provide the freshest seafood, prime meats, produce, pasta, and bread every meal."  Eddie's

We enjoyed our veggie and cheese platter along with some adult beverages.  Yummy:-)

We had a lovely evening by the lake.
Thanks Eddie and Ann-Margaret:-)
Get out and Explore 
I suggest you try a new restaurant.
If you are in the Lake Norman area of NC try Eddie's on the Lake for a nice casual meal.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Zimmerman Vineyards in Trinity NC

As Cindy and I continued on our NC adventure we decided to stop by an off the beaten path vineyard.    Zimmerman Vineyards in Trinity NC.  We seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.  GPS told us to turn into a field but luckily we did not listen and we went a bit further down the road.  Finally we saw a sign.   We turned in and then proceeded down a single lane unpaved road.  Cindy was humming the theme song from Deliverance.  We were wondering if we should turn around when all the sudden we saw it...Zimmerman Vineyards.
Here is what they say on their website...
"Zimmerman Vineyards wine labels depict an image, sketched by Leslie Zimmerman, of Sisyphus, the Greek mythological King of Corinth, who was forever condemned to pushing a great boulder uphill. We mirror our experiences to those of Sisyphus with one exception, that our efforts have been goal-driven and have led us to the realization of a dream." ZV

 "Nestled among the Uwharrie Mountains, enjoy beautiful views of the vines, gardens and surrounding mountainside from the flagstone terrace." ZV

I loved the patio.  They had several very friendly dogs who came to visit as we sipped our wine..
 "While the wine is made off premises it is produced 
exclusively from grapes grown on site."ZV

1428 Tabernacle Church Rd  
Trinity, NC 27370
Be sure and call ahead to make sure they are opened before you visit.

I like a quote from their website...
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it,
can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”
— Galileo Galilei

This was one of my favorite wine adventures.  It was so relaxing to sit outside and enjoy our wine while looking over the fields and playing with the puppies:-) 
Happy Travels and Wine Adventures

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Assaggio's Italian Restaurant in Raleigh NC

I love to try different restaurants.  A few weeks ago Cindy and I were in Raleigh NC.  We asked a local where we should eat dinner.  They suggested Assaggio's Italian Restaurant.  We decided Italian food sounded good so off we went.  
Here is what they say on their website...

"Assaggio's was started on April 26th, 2004 by Dean Biales. A New York Resident for 20 years, Dean wanted to offer authentic Italian Cuisine to the residents of North Carolina."
 "Assaggio's has now grown to one of the finest Italian Restaurants in Raleigh!"

They have a lot to choose from on their menu.    Our meal was served with Garlic Knots.  They were warm and soft.  Really good.
I had a nice glass of red wine along with a house salad.
I choose the Lasagna.  Cheesy and delicious.  I would order it again.
Had to get a hug from my new friend on the way out...

(919) 785-2088


3501 W. Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27613


Sun - Thurs: 11 am - 10 pm
Fri - Sat: 11 am - 11 pm

Check out the reviews I found on Zomato.

I really enjoyed Assaggio's.  It is a restaurant that I would love to visit again.  The food was good and the staff friendly.
Get out and try a new restaurant.  
If you find yourself in Raleigh I suggest Assaggio's.
Happy Eating

Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentine's Day Shopping for baby Maggie....Amazon Shopping

It is that time of year again.  Time to do a bit of Valentine's Day Shopping for the little one in my family.  Maggie, who is just about 5 months old.  Let's stop by Amazon and find a few choices for the big day.
Can't go wrong with a good book.....


Maggie has started teething early.  She already has two teeth and I am sure will soon be working on more.  She chews on everything.  With that in mind lets take a look at teethers.



How about a Valentine's Day outfit?.....


Last but not least a just for fun item to consider....


Ok, now I have a choice to make.  What are you getting the little ones in your
life for Valentines Day?

Happy Shopping!