1. The sleepy-good feeling after a day spent on the water.
2. Spending time on Jocassee Lake...honest-to-Moses one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The water was unbelievably clear and the most gorgeous blue-green color. And it didn't hurt that the mountains were resting comfortably in the distance.
3. Swooping swallows talking to one another overhead at dusk. They never fail to remind me of my Granny and PaPa - evenings spent on their front porch as a kid, eating supper at the picnic table, and swallows flying overhead.
4. Trail running! Yes, I used an exclamation mark. Yes, I did so purposely. Yes, I am that excited about it. I have always, always loved trail running more than any other kind of running and I was thrilled to discover that the nearby university has over 140 miles of trails dedicated to trail running, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. One hundred and forty miles. All with trail heads within 10 minutes of the house. I went for my first run last week and it was beautiful and serene and challenging and 3 miles went by much faster than running around my neighborhood. Plus, I met some really awesome people while out there.
5. Dog people. They are the best. Well, animal people in general.
6. The safe delivery of baby girl Sutton on July 22! My beautiful and amazing friends, Jess and Sarah, were anxiously awaiting her (early) arrival. Sarah's pregnancy was difficult - she was on bed rest for a good portion of her pregnancy, so it was a tremendous relief when Jess sent me a text to let me know that their baby girl was here and despite being early, she was doing well and so was Sarah. Congratulations, my dear friends!
7. We went to the beach! And it was fantastic. And it was super-windy. And the waves were serious and big and meant business. And the current was quite strong. Therefore, not a lot of swimming happened, but we were happy nonetheless. We did a lot of beach strolling, picking up shells, wading in the water, watching flocks of pelicans, dozing in the sun, and getting sunburned. I know, I know - the person who preaches about the necessity of sunscreen clearly did not apply enough. Know who wasn't happy? Middy. We took her with us - it was her first trip to the beach - and she pretty much thought it was for the birds. Once she realized the water had salt in it AND decided it was trying to suck her out to sea, she was done.
However, her opinion of the beach did improve slightly when she discovered a dried-out, salty fish carcass to snack on. Yep, that's what she is eating in the video below and I only realized it in time to get 1/4 out of her mouth. Awesome.
Who can't take a straight picture of the horizon line? Me. I can't.
The above and below photos are shots of fish spawning beds. Look at the clarity of that water! Unreal.
Happy Thursday, friends. Here's to looking for the good.
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Sharon Covert Photography
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Fox & Owl Studio
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A Simple Little Journal
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