One of Our Favorite Weddings

by Yvonne N. Levesque in , ,

Why was this wedding one of our most difficult and one of our favorites?  


Just as the bride's hair and makeup were finishing and the guys we dressed and ready to go, the rain started to come down on the chairs perfectly alined in front of the lakeside dock.  The bride was optimistic, but soon learned that the ceremony was being moved to the reception location across the massive property to a pole bard already set for the reception.

It continued to rain as a fog rolled in and the newlyweds were wished "Good luck".  This couple didn't need luck, they had each other and the optimism of children with the deep connection of a happily married couple of 50 years.  They married amongst the tears, prayers, and shouts of joy from their closest friends and family and then set out with us, into the rain and mud (at the couple's request), to get some of the most amazing newlywed shots.  Mud and rain couldn't stop their joy.  We were blessed to be there for it all!

Deep Creek Preserve

by Yvonne N. Levesque in

Deep Creek Preserve is located in Alamana, Florida.  It has two trails - yellow is 4.5 miles and white that is 11 miles.  It seems to be a great horse trail, but we enjoyed this hike on foot.  There are signs of bear and deer in the preserve and the trail too us through oak, pine, and grassland.  I imagine that some of this area is wetland part of the year.  Trying it in December like we did for a cooler than normal hike. For more details check out the Florida Hikes!


Serendipity and Renewal in the Outdoors

by Yvonne N. Levesque in , ,

Fontana Dam, North Carolina

In a serendipitous turn of events, I found myself on the Appalachian trail (AT) with my husband (Trail name: Lafayette) in the Fontana Village area of North Carolina.  We had always wanted to hike the AT, a 2100 mile backpacking adventure from Georgia to Maine. We were invited here to join a friend in memory and honor of his beautiful friend and wonderful wife, a brave, adventurous, fearless woman.  In reflecting about Diana's life, in the days following her sudden death, I was undenably aware of some of the dreams I've had for my life that I hadn't achieved.  

When we were invited to be a part of the spreading of her ashes in the place where Diana was engaged to be married, where she spent some of the most enjoyable days of her most recent years, I noticed that this location intersected the AT.   The opportunity to start our AT section hikes started here at Fontana Dam.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
— Henry David Thoreau

I'm thankful to Diana for living life the way she did and for and inspiration to start this goal of a lifetime.

Our first AT section is now complete.  This hike took us up 2100 feet over the course of 4.5 miles, and a lot of that elevation was gained in the first 2.4 miles. We're now planning the next section.

We arrived, back home, renewed and inspired to take on our big dreams.

What is your big dream and how are you taking steps to make it happen?