Sunday, October 21, 2012
Today my b/f and I went on a 5.5 mile hike up to the top of Lavendar Mountain here in Rome. The destination was "The House O' Dreams" on the Berry College Campus. If you're not familiar with Martha Berry, she was a fascinating woman who established multiple educational opportunities for young people in the area. She established Berry College, which is the world's largest campus and possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth. The current administration is very welcoming to visitors, and locals are some of the biggest supporters for preserving this wonderful place.
The House O' Dreams was built as a retreat for Ms. Berry by a group of students in 1922. The architecture is beautiful, and the gardens are, too.
While it is really a "walk" vs. a 'hike', since I carried a picnic in my backpack and we climbed a HIGH mountain, then it shall be called a HIKE! Today was a perfect fall day and the view from the top of the mountain was incredible. The sky was so blue and the visibility was great - you could see all the way to Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga TN.
Anyway, after my little fall yesterday I was happy not to lose my footing :). My daughter and her hubby and 2 more of their dogs joined us for after we had been at the top of the mountain for a little while.
All in all, it was a wonderful day to be outside and to enjoy God's creation. What a blessing to be healthy and able to participate in such a rewarding excursion!
I will attempt to add pictures!
Have a great week!!