Friday, April 4, 2014

our EPIC adventure: the Great East 2


 adjective \ˈe-pik\
: telling a story about a hero or about exciting events or adventures
: very great or large and usually difficult or impressive

It's most definitely thrown around way too much these days- the word epic- but really there's no other word to describe our 8 day, 2,270 mile spring break road trip.  It was an exciting adventure.  It was very great and very long and parts were very difficult and the hours spent in the car qualify as impressive in my book at least.  

It was epic.  

The first leg of our spring break adventure took us from Shreveport to Atlanta. 

photo credit AGC
greatest 13.1 miles I've ever run

A couple of our buddies from Shreveport ran a half marathon with me while Jack rocked the 5K.  In the meantime, my dear friend Carrie came at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning to watch our kids while we ran (what a friend).  Asher was asleep when she got there, but upon waking, he let her know that "we eat breakfast."  He had not met her before, mind you, he just wanted her to know the rules.

So after the race, Carrie debriefed us on her Ugandan adventures and we were blessed by her love and friendship over coffee and donuts.  Carrie is a powerhouse of a little person and one of my best friends from college and I loved every minute of our time together.  It had been too long.

And then we were off to North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains just outside Waynesville.

The same friends from Shreveport who talked us into running also invited us to stay with them for a few days at her parent's mountain retreat.

It was beautiful.

don't judge

songololo - Afrikaans for caterpillar, as our hosts were from South Africa

we love these friends!

photo credit Zeke Chaney

the hospitality was outstanding

and the trampoline entertained for hours

our view the next morning!

exploring Western North Carolina Nature Center

Our next stop on the journey:  Charlotte, North Carolina.  First stop:  Discovery Place.  Yes.

More gracious hospitality met us in Charlotte.  More old friends, more catching up, more laughs and reminiscing.

Andrea represent! 

"No friendship is an accident."  O. Henry

Next stop:  Charleston, South Carolina.

Jack and Andrew reunited- college roommates and two peas in a pod even now

fast friends, born only days apart
"worst walk ever" with Andrew (except that it was the best)

don't they look great?

packing by day instead of by person- the way to go
Next stop:  Atlanta... or Peachtree City rather

more new friends for the kids, more old friends for us-  Lauren and Matt's three + our three
we even lost a tooth along the way 

Delicious fish tacos, great conversation, and prayers marked this leg of our journey.  And we barely escaped the stomach bug here.  I think Lauren and Matt's crew still may be recovering.

my red-headed chums from Auburn, Carrie and Lauren, still adorable in every way- LOVE these girls!

 Next stop:  Birmingham, Alabama.

cousin Caroline!

Mellow Mushroom of course

and we made it for Caroline's baptism

And there you have it.  Our spring break 2014 is in the books!

Thankful for all the relationships, hospitality, created beauty, and memories.


It was epic.  


Jack said...


Kayla Rupp said...

Epic is right!

(by the way, is it just me or would Epic make a great name for a Kid? then again, he'd probably decide to start going by Gene when he's 8)