This past weekend was a reminder of why I live in Glen Alpine, NC. It is not because I have family here because other than Starla, I do not any family living in western NC. It is not because I grew up here because I did not, I am a transplant from the eastern part of the state. I’ve lived in this area for 17 years and can’t imagine living in the flat lands again.
I live in Glen Alpine because I can kayak, hike and mountain bike year round. I may not go kayaking on the coldest day of the year but it is rare that the following day is not more moderate. We just don’t get that many “bad” days during a year. I may not feel like biking on the hottest day of the year but that is a good opportunity to take the kayak out and get wet or find some high elevation activity where the temperatures are more comfortable even in the middle of the summer. When it is too muddy to ride my MTB I can kayak, hike or road bike. There are so many options.
Back to this weekend, Starla left town to visit her mom on Friday 2/26/16. I went home to the “empty nest” and realized if I was quick loading the kayak and gear and rushed out to Wilson Creek that I could manage to get in an organic Soul-O run by jogging my shuttle. My timing was perfect and I didn’t even have to jog in the dark. There was no one else on the creek and I totally enjoyed the solitude. The level felt like about 1.5”.