berea trip fence

Back from the heart of Appalachia and was it ever inspiring! I could write a book about all the things that touched me while there but will just condense it to a few pictures here…

berea trip sign collage

Though I spent most of my time at home in Kentucky, I was able to enjoy Virginia and Tennessee, too. Each state is so unique yet intertwined with rich history and hospitality and more…

berea trip locust grove collage

The weekend at the Locust Grove estate had me spinning:) If you’ve read The Colonel’s Lady, you’ll know Colonel Cassius McLinn was fashioned after George Rogers Clark so it was wonderful to return again to the place that inspired that story.

berea trip food collage

One of the many joys of going home is the food! I had some great meals, including Cracker Barrel, but think the one that gets ‘creative best’ is Boone Tavern’s Eggs Benedict ~ country ham with fresh mushrooms, pimento cheese, lemon hollandaise and a side of cheese grits!

berea trip fort

Growing up, I spent a lot of my childhood at the Fort Boonesborough site though the replica of the fort wasn’t erected on the bluff until after I was grown. The Kentucky River setting is beautiful. My admiration for those first settlers continues to grow.

berea trip martin's station

The weather was wonderful and I spent time hiking in the Appalachians, specifically Cumberland Gap. So many artifacts and happenings here! Historic bliss! The fall color was exquisite!

Berea trip woods best

Sunset at one of my favorite haunts. My heart and head are so full and I’m joyously writing away at that next story for you.

Have a blessed rest of November.