Monday, March 25, 2013

Guilty! Of Wanderlust!

Maybe having lived in 3 countries by the time I was 10 has something to do with my lack of deep roots?  Maybe, its the simple fact that neither my husband or myself live near any of our families?  Maybe because in just 4-6 short years we'll be empty nesters?  Maybe because I'm still trying to find a place where I truly belong in this world?

Regardless of the reasons I have a severe case of wanderlust.  I blame my gypsy soul...

I've lived in the same town now since 1988, and I'm beyond restless.  Don't get me wrong, I have friends that I wouldn't trade for the world, but I know they'll always be friends, almost matter how far I travel.  

So, we've decided that while 6 years is quite a long time to wait idly for the train, that looking for and researching our new stomping grounds can begin immediately!

Project Wanderlust has ensued!

Photo Credit:  Brad Coy

In December we traveled to Southwest Florida.  The weather was divine!!  The beach speaks to me...but I'm not convinced its "the place!"

Being in the Appalachian Mountains is the closest I've come to being at peace with myself.  Where I feel the most "at home."  So...

Appalachian Mountains from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

We decided that we needed to experience a little more than simply hiking the trail.  


Luray, Virginia - Great Citees

Luray is famous for its caverns.  I've been to all of them at least a dozen times or more.  But, for some reason other than the great hiking, and caverns,  Luray intrigues me...

Luray Caverns, Luray VA - Wilkipedia

So, we did what any self respecting out-of-towners would do...and rented a mountain cabin for a long weekend!  

Back in the woods, up a mountain.  Secluded.  Hot tub and scenic views included...Hey!  I didn't say I wanted to "rough it!"  Quaint town just miles away...and lookie what I spied while secretly "not planning" our weekend...

That my friends is Shenandoah Moon Beads & Fiber

Its not the mega-bead-store-meca that we're all used to...but its more than I have now!  I just have to wait until mid May until I get there.  4 birthdays, 1 BSBP, and 1 craft show stands in between me and the mountains!

Others on our short list?  

Monterey, VA
Lexington, VA
Berkeley Springs, WV
Cherokee, NC
Blowing Rock, NC
Punta Gorda, FL

The sky's the limit...well, as long as its below the Mason-Dixon Line! ;)  


  1. Great places! I live in the northeast Georgia mountains and I love it!!
    (Originally from NYC)

    I’m part of the bead soup party. Looking forward to the reveals. I'm now following you. I have a new blog. Please consider following my jewelry blog. Thanks.

    1. Great to hear from you Kathy! I'm jealous of where you live!!! I'll be by to check out your blog soon!

  2. I've lived in the same small town since 1970 and never had the desire to move. But I do have wanterlust ALL the time. We love to travel, but it sure is nice to be home.

    We just got back from moving our oldest daugher to North Carolina, which was both sad and exciting. For two years in a row we had planned to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway and the area but my mom was diagnosed with cancer and lost her battle, and the next year my husband lost his job. Hopefully this is the year we will finally make it.

    How exciting to be plopping down in a whole new place where you can explore and enjoy! Good luck picking a place. The ones on your list sound wonderful!!

    1. The Shenandoah Valley area is gorgeous! Especially the quaint little mountain towns (but I'm a small town girl). I hope you get the chance to visit the area soon...its breathtaking!

  3. My dad lives in Stanley, which is right next to Luray, so how did I not know about that store?????? And I grew up in Roanoke, so I'm with you on the mountains. I loved living in Charlottesville. Did you mean Monterey, CA? Or VA? Because if you didn't mean CA, add it to your list -- one of my favorite places in the world.

    1. Monterey, VA...I'm a southern/mountain girl at heart! I'll let you know when I check out the bead shop. We don't go until the middle of May, and I'm already counting down the days!! Stanley is about 10 miles from Luray, right? I know I've driven through there a few times!